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Unread 05-17-2011, 07:42 PM   #16
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Before I found this site (I found it when I was 21) 27 now. I would do showers with mastic, i remember going back to one and the tiles were still moving I knew something wasn't right I knew that stuff was no good. It turns out my hunch was correct, used to do the liquid nails under cement board. Now its thinset for everything.
I was trained by a pretty damn good ol timer so I didn't have too many bad habbits. I never caulked corners (usually still don't). We used bitch behind mud in steamers (I haven't done that in a while), and didn't tape seams on floors (I do now). I am sure there were more that I have unlearned because of you guys I just can't think of them now. I have learned a ton of new techniques (liquid showers, and Kerdi) though since I joined here. More than that though, is being an active member here motivates me to be a better tile installer. The pics of work are inspirirng, and staying fresh with lingo and talking to other quality tile contractors helps me to not get burned out and sell my company better to prospective clients. Oh yeah another big one my boss never taught me was to check for floor deflection. I have never heard of one of our/my floors failing because of it (course the majority of our work then was new construction built with TJI's), but that is a HUGE one I have learned from all of y'all
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Unread 05-17-2011, 08:18 PM   #17
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Levi,

The kicker was....we used to do showers with thinset on the walls we used to float walls all the time. Float everything but if it wasn't in the price it was mastic and greenboard, i used to scream at him and say how can you do that, he would say its not in the price. I would say for X amount of dollars you can kerdi that and thinset it.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 08:36 PM   #18
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The funniest part about that is that mastic is more expensive than thinset.
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yeah but it beats mixing right?
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Another +1 on Bruce's message.
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Unread 05-19-2011, 06:32 PM   #21
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Also got to think of how many would be diy'ers come on here, wanting the job done right, they read through the info here, realize that they're notgoing to be able to simply spread mastic on the floor and set their 20x20 porcelain the way so and so at the big box told them, and they say to heck with it and hire a pro. I also think the worst tile job thread deters some would be installers and gets the pros out there some work.
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Unread 05-19-2011, 09:48 PM   #22
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