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East Coast to West Coast templating

Templating is often thought of as a technique only used by solid surface fabricators in the construction of kitchen countertops, and other slab stone...

Offset patterns dos and don’ts

Question It appears to my untrained eye that most 12”x24” tile is laid so that each abuts the two adjacent tiles by 50% each. However,...

Tools, accessories and equipment important to get the job done

Tools, trims, equipment and accessories are all important aspects of getting the job done efficiently and effectively.  Equipment developments have given us saws that offer...

College of Health and Human Services’ natatorium renovation adds competitive edge for ISU

Today more than ever, university buildings have become competitive assets to attract, retain and engage student populations. To meet these needs, Indiana State University...

Cleaning and sanitizing grow in importance for health and wellness

2020 and the COVID pandemic has brought a new emphasis onto cleaning and sanitizing surfaces. One way companies are addressing this is through antimicrobials...

Floor warming is expanding

New technology in electric floor warming is seeing more energy efficiency cables and streamlined systems that eliminate bulky junction boxes. At the same time...

Innovative technology offers ease, speed and lower costs for installers

With large-format tiles and porcelain slabs proliferating, large-and-heavy-tile (LHT) mortars continue to be essential materials, controlling shrinking, and offering non-slump and non-sag properties that...

Shower systems continue to evolve to meet client demands

Today’s shower systems are lightweight, easy to install, and often allow the ability to tile the next day. Waterproofed shower trays and components streamline...

Meeting demands and cutting installation time for contractors

A firm foundation is important in any building project and tile is no exception. The evolution of underlayments, membranes and backing products has cut...

Encaustic/cement/hydraulic tile Q&A: considerations for a successful installation

John Cox, in conjunction with Jim Whitfield of MAPEI, Rod Sigman of Custom Building Products, Martin Brooks of Heritage Marble and Tile, Rich Galliani...

Why is the shower leaking?

I have a shower I installed two months ago that is leaking.  I did my installation in the same way I have for the...

Can I use wall tile on my shower floor?

Question  I am building a new home and learning things I never knew. One is regarding what tile can be put on a shower floor....

Understand the crucial difference between setting tile and building a tile assembly

When you bid a job, what are you selling? Are you simply setting tile or are you building a custom tile assembly that you...

Proper construction of shower curbs

Question: We have a project that we are looking at that has showers that will receive liners, mud and tile.  The curbs have been constructed...

DCOF on a pool deck

Question: I'm designing a home and need to pick a tile for a residential pool deck. Are there standards for using slip-resistant tiles in areas...

Working with face and mesh mount sheet mosaics

It is not breaking news that tiles are made in all colors and shapes and sizes and thicknesses and materials. They each have their...

Should you soak encaustic tile?

QUESTION I am a member and need a few questions answered about an encaustic cement tile installation. I only have about 35 sq. ft. installed,...

What industry document supports installing stone over tile in a wet area?

QUESTION I was curious if you could direct me to an industry document supporting the proper technique for installing Jerusalem limestone in a shower wall...

Using wall tile on a floor in a wet area

Question: I am building a new home and learning things I never knew. One is regarding what tile can be put on a shower floor....

Why you need movement joints

Quick and easy ways to achieve them correctly Hopefully, as a tile installer, you’ve heard a lot about movement, expansion, or movement accommodation joints – and...
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