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Unread 04-22-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
Angela Clark
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help help - popping tiles

Help help!!!! As we speak, tiles are heaving furniture off my living room floor. So far, two legs of the coffee table are in the air, and the tiles have also elevated my piano about 2 inches in the air. Has anyone ever had this happen to them before?? It is like an eruption and I am not on a fault line in San Francisco. We are in Naples, FL.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Unread 04-22-2006, 03:18 PM   #2
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Hi Angela, welcome. Sorry to hear about your problem, sounds like the tiles are tenting. How long have the tiles been installed?
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Unread 04-22-2006, 03:57 PM   #3
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5 or 6 years..... they have been creaking for a few months!!
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Unread 04-22-2006, 04:04 PM   #4
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Tiles will expand and shrink slightly with temperature changes, some do more than others. So does the slab. Most likely the tiles are grouted tightly against the baseboard without expansion joints anywhere. The expansion has no place to go but upward. How big is the area where this is happening?
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Unread 04-22-2006, 04:29 PM   #5
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650 square feet - the tile is grouted up to the baseboard. It is also a room with 16' wide by 9' sliders where the sun comes in. It almost seems like the tiles sucked the moisture out of the thinset. Some of the tiles we have taken up have thinset on them and hardly any on the floor and some have hardly any on the tile and most of it is on the floor. My husband has tiled our whole house over time and these tiles are in our LR and bathroom (we have had a couple of creaks in the bathroom too). There seems to be no problem with any of the other tiles (different type).

We are obviously not happy about this but would just like to know why it happened - I guess he never knew they would expand and shrink so much.
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