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Unread 07-27-2006, 05:08 PM   #1
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Tilespikes - Adjustable Spacers




Couple years ago we were introduced on this site to a new kind of wedge-shaped tile spacer by the inventor, Chris Lewis. I've been in contact with Chris on and off since then and his TILESPIKES are now in the hands of a manufacturer (Orcon) and we here at TYW want to start making them available through our site.

Right now, though, we'd like some of you pros to try some of these spacers for yourownselfs so we can start gettin' the word out. These are different than the spacers you're using now. Some of our moderators have already tried these and a bunch more have them in hand to try soon.

If you're an active wall-tile setter, (and if you haven't done anything to offend me in the past few months ), I'll try to have the manufacturer send you some of each of the four sizes to try out. They come 200 per bag as currently packaged and some of you may get full bags, some may get smaller sample sizes.

I expect this thread will start gettin' pretty cluttered up with comments and your request could be lost here, so best you send name and address (include your TYW user name so I'll know who you really are) to kelly@johnbridge.com Please put the word Tilespikes in the subject line.

No promises. I don't know how many samples they're willing to send out, but I've encouraged them do as many as they can possibly handle from the list I'll send them.

You are also obligated to return to this thread after you have tested the spacers and tell us what you think of them. As always on this site, you can feel free to say exactly what you want, be it pro or con.



And for those of you who may not be familiar, by "obligated" I mean it's something you really wanna do so's you don't maybe get no late night visit from Flatfloor's friend Vinny. OK? Same thing could also happen if I find you sendin' in your address with two or three different names, eh?

NOTE 08-11-06: You may still submit your name and shipping address for possible future sample distributions, but that may or may not happen. I'll continue to keep all the requests for a time when Orcon may elect to send out more. For those of you still applying (and those who have emailed in the last couple days), please include your TYW user name. Otherwise I have absolutely no idea who you might be and cannot help Orcon assess your status for inclusion in their advertising campaign.
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Unread 07-27-2006, 05:39 PM   #2
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I used them spikes today at work to hold up a big ole piece of slab granite
we were demoing. Had to cut sections out of the bottom to let it drop out
from behind a big wolfe hood. Used the spikes in the saw kerf to keep the
granite from binding up my grinder blade. worked like a charm. really strong
wedgies they are. seein how i got me some to try out were gonna givem
a shot on our tumbled travertine backslpash tomorrow.
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Unread 07-27-2006, 05:44 PM   #3
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WEDGIES!

Yep, new official unofficial name for Tilespikes.
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Unread 07-27-2006, 06:02 PM   #4
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When will they be available?

Structural changes to my bathroom have moved my tile installation out by one-two months. These little puppies look interesting. When will they be available? Within the next month or so?

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Unread 07-27-2006, 06:14 PM   #5
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I hope to have them available long before you're ready, Dan.
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Unread 07-27-2006, 07:04 PM   #6
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Great! Looking forward to them. <eom>

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Unread 07-27-2006, 09:33 PM   #7
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These sound slightly interesting....and I'm a tool freak. So, where can I visually inspect these on the web?
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Unread 07-27-2006, 10:42 PM   #11
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Hey CX, ya'll be a smart a$$!!!!! But yeah, I'll use 'em there too, if needed.
You might wanna just delete that post, Jay, on accounta ain't nobody got any eye-dee what the hell you're talking about unless they're readin' my email.

Then you might wanna respond to the email while I delete my post.
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Unread 07-27-2006, 11:11 PM   #12
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I got one suggestion for the packaging on these. The bags arent gonna
cut it in my pickups toolbox. Gonna need to be put in a durable container
with a screw off lid imo.
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Unread 07-27-2006, 11:23 PM   #13
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Best suggestion I can give you, Jack, is to get yourownself some of the plastic divider trays that go inna three or five gallon bucket. They're the absolute berries for stuff like tile spacers.

I was just talking to our friend Rob Zschoche about this very thing not two days ago. I can no longer find the good ones I use and I haven't seen any I like at Homer's and such. Rob has some like mine and he's fixin' to see if he can find any in his area. Wish I could rememeber the name of the things. I'll find it and post it here, though.

I've heard rumor that the manufacturer may start making the Wedgies available in their own buckets, too, but I've not see any prototypes or any such. Don't know if we're talking big bucket or little bucket or what.

But your point is well taken about the bags. They're just for sales and shipping as far as I'm concerned and a fella's expected to provide his own long-term containers.
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Unread 07-27-2006, 11:32 PM   #14
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I believe "Stacker" or somethin close was the brand. I got 5 for a xmas
bonus and even a yellow bucket to keep em all in. Still in use and ive
had them for 10 years or more. Its where all my grabbers and nails keep
warm I get another brand of wedgies that come in a nice bottle
with a screw off lid, and another in a bottle with a peel off lid. the peel off
is a major pain. These bags will never last for sure. guess i could get some
coffee cans. Its just a suggestion for Tile spikes... they want honest feed
back. GREAT wedgies need a decent container
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Unread 07-27-2006, 11:49 PM   #15
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They'll be listenin', Jack.

I have some of those other wedgies (small w) in the little plastic jars, too. Is OK container, I suppose, but for real use I gotta dump'em in something else, anyway. But the biggest problem is I really don't like their wedgies very well.

I really like them bucket thingees, but mine are all full of other stuff and I don't tile enough to evict something else from a bucket so's to pewt my Wedgies (big W).

Hell, if we can find those bucket thingees, some good ones, maybe we can make up our own bucket-sized packages of Wedgies and ship'em that way. Mmmmm. Mmmmm.

Hope Orcon don't be trying to steal my eye-dee here.

Well, less they wanna give us a cut.
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