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Unread 05-06-2012, 03:00 PM   #46
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Anybody know about how much these things cost?
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Unread 05-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #47
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Here we see mostly 3cm slabs, that's roughly 1-1/4" thick. I have *1* sqft samples of 3cm and they're pretty darn heavy. Maybe a weight/tile limit, along with size limit?

Rough guide for granite weights:

1cm or 3/8"(10mm) thick tile: 5.5 lbs sq. ft.
1/2"(12mm) thick tile: 6.5 lbs. sq. ft.
2cm or 3/4"(20mm) thick slab: 12.8 lbs. sq. ft.
3cm or 1-1/4"(30mm) thick slab: 18 lbs sq. ft.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 06:02 PM   #48
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At COVERINGS, during the "Contractor's Tour " there was a stop at the Mapei booth. They were demonstrating the installation method for thin large tiles.

With their installation method it could ONLY be set over existing tile if I remember correctly. Also they required a screed around the perimeter in order to have the required amount of thinset.

I'll see if I have some literature that I picked up at the booth.

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Unread 08-27-2012, 09:47 AM   #49
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Training for Thin Tile

In the last several years, 'thin tile' have started being imported into the US. These tiles are typically 1/2 or less the thickness of standard tiles (3.5MM thick versus 8 to 9MM thick) and are sold as very large sheets or slabs, up to 5'x10'. Florida Tile will begin selling these next year and we would like to be able to offer training to anyone that wants to work with these products. What training on product and installation would be useful to you? Here is a video offered by our sister company, what would make it more useful?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtQ6yvtBTnE

I welcome any feedback you want to give on the product, especially from anyone who has worked with it. At the moment the US manufacturers (Dal and Crossville) are recommending it for walls only, although foreign manufacturers are recommending it for tile over tile floors as well.

Videos and powerpoint presentations are useful, but the only way to really learn the product is to work with it. What useful training sessions have you attended where you have learned about a new product? What training have you had that hasn't been useful and why? As you can probably tell, I've been given the task of developing the training for this product category.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 12:40 PM   #50
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Hi Dan,

I've seen Stone Peak's 5x10 product up close, and I know that Stone Peak is currently working with Mapei to develop standards for installation. I think, though, that slab stone guys will probably end up with this. It's really not a tile; it's slab.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 01:40 PM   #51
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It's certainly being positioned as a tile product, and I think you'd be missing the boat to rule it out. Ours won't be just the huge slabs, they will start with 3'x3' sizes. I know the representatives from the installers who went to the Tile Handbook meeting last month seemed to feel there was money to be made installing thin tile. Technically, the Stonepeak material doesn't qualify as 'thin tile', at 6MM thick it misses the cut-off of 5.5 MM or less.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 01:56 PM   #52
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I would love a hands on training experience. I will travel.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 02:22 PM   #53
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Me too, however these training sessions usually go down during my anniversary, or one of the kids birthdays without fail. Also most of the existing floor installations around here aren't suitable to be walked on, much less have these products installed over them, but I'm interested anyway.
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I'd like the training too. That suction cup frame looks pretty cool.

Some place warm and not during hurricane season please.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 06:11 PM   #55
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Dan I think it is a great idea. I would definitely like to attend. I think Nashville is a great place for it.
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Im also in , but i'll have to disagree with Brad... Silver City would be a way better place for the training.
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I think, though, that slab stone guys will probably end up with this.
Do you mean outfits who do lobbies and exterior cladding with large cut slabs or masons?

The masons I see can't use anything other than Type S. Can't imagine them getting into this, and the former outfits usually do tile anyway, or at least the ones I see do. Regardless, it seems like a market to compete in.

Are you thinking the material handling equipment will be costly for the average tile joe? (not tilejoe)
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Unread 08-27-2012, 07:36 PM   #58
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Are you thinking the material handling equipment will be costly for the average tile joe? (not tilejoe)
That's all I was thinking. Material handling & manpower. We've been putting thin sheets on walls for a while now. Floors? That's a whole different animal seems like. Different tools, different rules.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 07:37 PM   #59
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Well I think I am going to have to say keep it in Kentucky. Seeing as how the factory is only 30 minutes away, I would like something close. Paul, no hurricanes. Maybe a little twister every now and then in the spring.

Brad, it's about a 3 hour drive from Nashville.

Jeff, there are several bourbon distilleries nearby that have tastings!
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there are several bourbon distilleries nearby that have tastings!
That's just not fightin fair, Greg.
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