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Old 07-10-2005, 04:47 PM   #1
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I put this in the "Mud-box" because it has no real importance. My wife and I had the opportunity to go to LV and stay at the Luxor casino. Very nice! As I was washing all of the dirty money which I had won from a very liberal slot machine, I saw something very weird. In the middle of a 12 x 12 travertine (appears to be honed and filled) tile in the shower there was a dark spot which was the exact shape and size of a plywood plug, you know the kind that looks like a ships' hull. The tile work seemed very professional for a commercial job. What do you suppose caused the stain? Anyone seen this before?
I would really like to know the cause of this anomaly.
PS: If you are thinking of moving to LV (like my wife) there are 7 pages of tile setter ads in the yellow pages, any of you guys on this web-page?
Well that's what I did on my summer vacation.
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Old 07-10-2005, 05:48 PM   #2
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The proper, technical, industry standard term for those patches in plywood is "footballs," Grunt.
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:31 AM   #3
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Grunt,
I was just there with my family last week. Sorry I missed you.
We stayed at Caesar's Palace. Miles and miles of tile. There were some setters working outside there and I would usually stop and watch them a while around 5 o'clock or so every morning. But by three in the afternoon they would be gone for the day. Guess it was too hot by then to be setting tile outside.
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Old 07-11-2005, 09:45 AM   #4
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Raymond,
What the heck were you doing up at 5 in the morning? Oh wait a minute, probably just ending the nightly activities.
It would have been a kick to meet up with you. So are you moving to LV?
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Old 07-11-2005, 11:56 AM   #5
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Howdy Fellas,

Lived and worked there from '89-95.

Great setters then as there are probably now.

Ramone has done some great work there. I can't remember his handle.

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Old 07-11-2005, 01:56 PM   #6
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Yes, there were some incredible tile jobs. Unbelievably intricate. One place I went in looked like it had to have been done by Jack Hamilton. Jack, you ever do any installing in Vegas?
Grunt, Yeah, I was usually just coming in from the poker games. The morning after we got back, my wife told me my brother was in the other room being depressed. I said why? What's wrong? She said "He woke up in Baton Rouge".\
He is in the process of relocating to Vegas as we speak.
Stephen, did you work on any of those hotels? I thought about Ramone being out there while I was watching the crews and wondered if he was around, or if those were any of his guys.
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Old 07-11-2005, 08:19 PM   #7
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Ive been to vegas with meh better half Ray, but i left the tile saw home
and brought the wallet. Ive seen some absolutely B-A-yutiful work in vegas.
Mostly the floors in the grand entrances caught my eyes. By the time
i made it into the bathroom i had beer goggles on. I think most of the
entrys appear to be water jet pieces, nice contours over large areas. I think
if there is a crew down there cutting these out on their Targets imma have
to go back and take a seat and sit there and watch and learn.
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:20 AM   #8
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Yes, we worked in Caesars palace, The Rio, Harrah's, The Freemont, and the Horseshoe.

Several oput in Laughlin as well as up near Lake Mead. Now, it wasn't our bread and butter but we did some real kick ass work there.

Probably alot of it torn and redone by now. Some probably still down.
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Old 07-15-2005, 03:12 PM   #9
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Something that I noticed down there was how much of the concrete work looks like tile. They do a great job of stamping, coloring and grouting the slab to look like it is a tile floor.

A lot of the tile and stone work in the big lobby area's is something to behold. They are very very nice. The Venetian is one place i noticed some very nice work.
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Old 07-18-2005, 02:34 PM   #10
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OK! So doesn't anyone know what caused the stain. Guesses?
Just curious.
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Old 07-22-2005, 02:40 PM   #12
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I dunno, anything coulda, a description and a picture usually will reveal the source.

To need a plug, it probably was decomposing or they used unfilled material. Sometimes plugs were used when travertine fill wouldn't work.
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Old 07-23-2005, 12:59 AM   #13
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You could get Grissom to check it out in the lab.

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