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  1. Thread: porcelain Tile

    by mbyrne
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    Re: porcelain Tile

    There are minimum ANSI manufacturing specifications for all types of fired ceramic tile - including porcelain. These specifications cover eighteen properties of tile. There is also in the US a...
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    Re: setting mosiac or sheeted tiles.

    Tom, did you fill the joints of the face-mounted sheets with grout prior to installing each sheet? I used to install paper face-mounted sheets with the joints empty, but now prefer to fill the...
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    Re: setting mosiac or sheeted tiles.

    The biggest problem with cutting small pieces on a wet saw is a wide kerf on the table: the wider this kerf is, the less tile support there is. There are two ways to deal with this. the first is -...
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    Re: Thinset as Grout

    When it was available, I used Laticrete 3701 and 4237 liquid latex additives for most of my installations: 3701 to mix with regular (unmodified) grout powder, and 4237 to mix with dry-set...
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    Re: mixing / cleaning thin set options

    Sometimes Habitat reminds me of the old "physics-by-decree" socialists. Lower the bar enough so everybody (anybody) can do it.
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    Re: uneven colored shower floor

    What brand of sealer did you use? How long after grouting was the sealer applied? did you seal the stones before AND after grouting?
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    Re: Tiling a Remodel Bathroom with Schluter

    In spite of what some manufacturers claim, I do not recommend backer board-over-subflooring (or any other type of underlayment including Ditra) as a base for ceramic, glass, or stone tiling. 3/4...
  8. Re: "collimated green laser w/ target beam dia. is a bit over 1/32 inch (1 mm) at 50'

    Sorry for the late reply. I wish I could give you the name of the laser I use sometimes for construction. I purchased it a year or two ago to replace the finder scope on my Dobsonian telescope. I...
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    Re: How best put Corian onto Schluter curb?

    The help you received from Schluter is really no help at all. If it is not too much trouble - and there is a way you can email the company - send them a copy of your JLC response. If it was my...
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    Re: Schluter vs. Redguard - thinset?

    Most products will work as advertised as long as you follow mfg's instructions. I am not aware of any comparative studies done on tile installation products so individual recommendations are based...
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    Re: How best put Corian onto Schluter curb?

    Perhaps making a call to Schluter Tech Services might provide you with an answer. they should be able to give you a thumbs up or down.

    I have often wondered if there was some strange disease...
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    Re: Ceramic tile over vinyl on concrete slab

    Tile over vinyl is a crap shoot that puts your reputation at risk and entails considerable exposure - not just for the ability of the tile installation to "stick", but also to the potential presence...
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    Re: does adhesive work for heavy tiles

    It is obvious that your client has not read Bondera instructions. Bondera will perform as advertised if it is installed properly. I was a consultant for WR Grace during the development of Bondera....
  14. Re: Granite tile over existing slate floor over concrete

    Your installer seem to know what he is doing: providing good advise.
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    Re: Cutting Marble Counter in place

    Alpha Tools has a wide selection of stone cutting tools for both wet and dry work. Their dry-cutting systems work without the hassle and cleanup required for wet cutting.

    On your next stone slab...
  16. Thread: Backlit tile

    by mbyrne
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    Re: Backlit tile

    If your customer wants to make a dramatic statement with lighted tiles, I suggest selecting a stone tile. Many stones transmit light in a way no man-made materials can. It is possible to slip a...
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    Re: Store tile outside in cold weather?

    Porcelain tiles will easily handle whatever weather NH can throw at it as long as you keep the tiles covered enough so cardboard packaging will not be destroyed or weakened. If temperatures in the...
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    Re: Backerboard Over Saltillo Tile

    More structural information, such as overall span, joist spacing, and type and thickness of the subflooring for wood construction, or the condition of the slab for concrete floors. What is under the...
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    Re: cutting existing wall tile

    Use a continuous diamond blade in the grinder, mark the cut line with a fine Sharpie, and make two or three light passes rather than one hogging cut.
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    Re: Tile underpayment options

    3/4-inch subflooring over 16-inch joist spacing is good. 3/8-inch underlayment? That would negate the 3/4-inch subflooring. Either ditra of fiber cement board will be fine as long as you do a proper...
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    Re: Ceramic Tile Removal from Durock

    Thinset below the backer board is not intended to adhere or laminate the board to the subfloor, but rather to serve as a support plane - that is why most BB manufacturers call for dry-set thinset...
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    Re: Non combustable machine base

    Keep in mind that a tile installation gets most of its strength from the setting bed and its support - not the tile. A heavy-duty quarry tile may seem like the best choice, but because of your height...
  23. Thread: Regrouting

    by mbyrne
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    Re: Regrouting

    Sounds like the floor is covered with 4 1/4- or 6-inch gypsum-bodied glazed tiles that have a spacer molded into the sides of each tile. If so, you will have a job on your hands trying to remove the...
  24. Re: what is the best way to fill the hole in concrete before tiling over.

    joebuilt,
    You don't say whether there are pipes penetrating the hole or not. You also don't say anything about the termites in your area, nor about the dampness of the soils. I can't tell you how to...
  25. Thread: Tile body

    by mbyrne
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    Re: Tile body

    I should have added that inferior and superior are subjective. One of my all-time favorite tile are the soft clay pavers whose bodies are hand made in the Saltillo region of Mexico. The density and...
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