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Installation Experience: contrasting the results of skilled and qualified labor

The Installation Experience debuted this year at Coverings. Conceived by the NTCA and CTEF and spearheaded by CTEF’s Scott Carothers, NTCA’s Mark Heinlein and brought to life by scores of hardworking volunteers, it sought to demonstrate the quality difference between work done by qualified labor such at Certified Tile Installers or those with Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers credentials, and unskilled labor.

The Hall of Failures showed the results of installations done by unskilled labor.
Another example of failed installation in the Hall of Failures.
Bad lippage can result when installers don’t follow methods and standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “experience” was a self-guided journey through identical installations in the Hall of Failures and the Hall of Excellence that demonstrated the industry-approved ways to execute an installation and the results of an unskilled install. The comparison was supported by photographs.

Beautiful results from qualified labor.
Another example of an expertly-done installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installers and Regional Evaluators on hand to answer questions about the CTI and ACT exams.

Regional Evaluators, NTCA State Ambassadors and other volunteers answered questions about CTI and ACT exams.
CTEF’s Scott Carothers (R) answers questions from visitors to the Installation Experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers also participated in an install-off  called the CTI Challenge where they competed in time and skill while installing identical vignettes.

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers faced off to install a vignette in the Construction Zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Experience concluded with the “At Home with Tile” theater where time-lapse video highlighting various construction stages immersed visitors with inspiring and educational projects, and visitors could view beautiful, functional room settings, with expertly installed tile.

Functional bathroom backsplash with Sideview glass from Crossville.
Cutaway view of a gauged porcelain tile panel install over existing brick.
Installation Experience Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Editorial Director and Senior Writer for TileLetter and TileLetter ARTISAN

Lesley Goddin has been writing and journaling since her first diary at age 11. Her journey has taken her through a career in publishing and publicity, landing her the editor position of TileLetter and its special publications in 2006. Her goal is to educate, inspire, recognize and encourage those in the tile industry -- especially the tile and stone contractor. Other interests include the soft, purring marvels known as cats, labyrinth walking, drumming and percussion, and a range of spiritual, musical and artistic pursuits.

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