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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....

Waterproofing for exterior balcony

QUESTION I have a customer with an exterior balcony that is tiled on the floor and walls. The space below the balcony is conditioned space...

Thin brick tips

QUESTION I am bidding 10,000 to 12,000 square feet of thin brick. And I thought some advice would be prudent! Would you care to share with...

QUESTION Any chance you’ve seen discoloration on grout that’s brownish red? I have a few theories, but I honestly, never seen anything quite as grungy...

Efflorescence reappearing on stone floor

Question: We just installed a stone tile shower floor. It was sealed twice and shortly after white stuff kept showing on the floor even though...

Is there a method for moving a construction joint using anti-fracture membrane?

QUESTION I have a small floor install in a basement. A construction joint runs about 1/3 into my floor. I’m installing 6”x36” porcelain tiles over...

Lighting is causing wall-washing effect

QUESTION I wonder if you can help me out on a problem we are having based on coved lighting that causes the wall-washing effect. We have...

Do the typical TCNA standards for expansion joints pertain to GPTP too?

QUESTION I wonder if I could get some advice from you for this project that we are to start installing in a few weeks. It...

When to use moisture-resistant gyp-board or cement board

QUESTION I’m writing with a question that I hope you can either answer or point me to the best resource that would be able to...

Repairing Saltillo tile

QUESTION I got a call today from a customer who chipped her Saltillo tile and wants to know if it can be repaired. The tile...

How close to the tile wall can a linear drain be placed?

QUESTION How close to the tile wall can a linear drain be placed? I’m planning to use an elastomeric waterproofing membrane and install the mortar bed...

Can we install over the sheetrock using a bonding primer or would it be better to install over a cement backer?

QUESTION We are about to install 16” x 16” terrazzo cement tile (2cm) on a 10' x 10 wall in a doctor’s office. The wall...

DCOF rating requirements for interior and exterior tile

QUESTION I’m looking for a straightforward synopsis of DCOF rating requirements for interior and exterior tile. I’m finding a lot of long-winded articles, but nothing...

Waterproof membrane for concrete substrate

QUESTION I will be tiling a shower/bathroom house at a campground this summer. The floor substrate will be concrete and the walls will be masonry...

Stackable wall tile

QUESTION We’ve been struggling with production when it come to installing “stackable” wall tile. I’ve been installing for 31 years and stackable wall tile used...
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