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Unread 11-20-2007, 01:38 AM   #1
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Flooring Rules and Regs

Hello everyone,

I have been reading here for sometime and I have to say that this is a great site. I even went as far as confirming most information. Sorry. But I mainly do flooring (Tile and Wood) in new construction to help out my younger brother to get his business off the ground here in the New Orleans, LA area. I myself have a hard time showing my brother the right way when he is wrong. Not alot but to me at critical areas, he has a habit of grouting against cabinets, tubs, thresholds, etc. when he should use color matched caulk or equivalant. But to make a long story short he hates to be wrong (little brother thing) and I am ready to up and go back to what I do (Computers and Networking). I did this for about 7 years then went full time in IT. But is there an actual CODE for flooring? Please say yes. Please. I like to quiz him (he has never heard of DITRA). He does great work for being 27. He just hates for me to point out something to him. I figure better me than the Gen. Contractor or Owner.

Most of our work is on the North Shore of Lake Pontchatrain. We avoid the South Shore due to the low pay rates there. South shore aprox. 1.75 sq ft
North shore 3.75 sq ft. This is for the basic layout tile floor. plain jane. but and advise on tile floor code will help me out so much. He can not get away with it then.


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Unread 11-20-2007, 02:05 AM   #2
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Welcome Scott,

That's pretty caring of you to think of his needs. ...unless yer doing it to be the "right" brother.

Sorry, but there aren't specific codes or even the tile police that can force him to change his ways. Though a failure that costs a pile of money may make him look real hard at what went wrong if a floor were to "tent" on him. What the industry does have is the TCA Handbook that publishes methods of installation. It's referred to in the industry as its bible.

Drag 'em over to the site. If he wants to never be wrong, he owes it to himself to benefit from the knowledge that's freely shared here.
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there are standards for tile and installations
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Unread 11-20-2007, 01:08 PM   #4
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I appreciate the replies. My brother does some great work but I feel it is a pride thing when it comes to me pointing out these things. but i was taught a certain way ( epoxy grout or flexable sealant at all tubs, cabinets, thresholds, etc.) but he likes to grout up to these things and then it costs him to go back later to repair. I usually refuse to go back to do a repair if it was purposly his fault. I guess I am just venting. Sorry. I am just a picky person, not perfect but picky. Anyway thanks for the links and these forums. keep up the good work.

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