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Tile installation programs featured during TISE Live Virtual conference program

The International Surface Event (TISE) Live Virtual kicked off yesterday with a range of presentations, talks and opportunities to visit virtual exhibitor booths and conduct virtual meetings.

A shining feature of the event is its educational program. One of the educational conferences given in the Converge program on Tuesday was “Overcoming the Challenges of Existing Conditions for Tile,”  presented by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation’s Director of Certification and Training Scott Carothers, with questions facilitated by NTCA Trainer Rodd Roderick.

NTCA Trainer (l) Robb Roderick moderated questions for CTEF’s Scott Carothers during yesterday’s and today’s TISE programs.

Carothers examined the many considerations that need to be addressed before beginning an installation, beginning with familiarity with the ANSI standards and the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation. He reviewed the various factors to be evaluated at a job site, including proper placement of wood studs, the condition of the concrete floor, contraction joints, low spots in the subfloor that may need to be patched, pipe placement, curing compounds and bond breakers. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session moderated by Roderick.

Carothers discussed proper troweling technique in his “Things that Comprise a Good Tile Installation” presentation this afternoon.

This afternoon, on the Converge virtual stage was another conference entitled, “Things that Compromise a Good Tile Installation,” again presented by Carothers. The range of topics that Carothers explored included  having a well-prepared and flat substrate,  failures caused by onsite environmental conditions such temperature and wind, as well as questionable installation tricks that do not work. He demonstrated how warped tile can create unsightly and dangerous lippage, and how improper application of thinset leaves voids which makes tile prone to cracking under loads, as well as the folly of using thin-set or large-and-heavy mortars as patching compounds. He reviewed proper troweling technique and direction, the perils of the lack of movement accommodation,  proper temperatures for working with cement-based and epoxy mortars as well as wall membranes, plus the tripping hazards posed by lippage of floor tile, and the trashy appearance of tiled walls resulting from badly- placed wall wash lighting. The presentation was punctuated by several videos, and Carothers fielded questions at the end.

Both these valuable talks, as well as many others in the education program, are recorded and can be viewed on demand at the Live Stage tab at the TISE Live Virtual website.  Tomorrow, in the Converge program is a presentation at 11:30 a.m. ET on “Planning Your Layout” presented by the National Tile Contractor Association and “Concrete Moisture, It’s Not Just Vapor,” scheduled at 1 p.m. ET.

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Lesley Goddin has been writing and journaling since her first diary at age 11, and drawing and sketching since she could hold a pencil. Her penchant for observation led to her becoming a paid professional as a trade journalist, publicist and is editor for TileLetter. She has also written for Guideposts, Walls, Windows and Floors, Floor Covering Weekly, and Low Carb Energy.

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