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Scott Carothers

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Have You Adequately Prepped the Substrate for Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott

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How well do you prep substrate for tile? Do you take the time to check it out before you start installing tile?

The quality of the tile work that the consumer sees on the surface is only as good as what is underneath. This seems to be a simple statement, but if the appropriate prep work is not completed, the final appearance may not be acceptable, not to mention that it may lead to failure.

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Three Lippage Hazards to Avoid

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Lippage occurs entirely too often, making three specific hazards way too prevalent, and definitely ones you should avoid. More specifically,

  • The hazard of having tile installations rejected,
  • Creating serious injury hazards,
  • Hazardous and objectionable visuals that affect everyone involved
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What About Tile Apprenticeships and Vocational Schools?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 22, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in About CTEF, Qualified Labor Series

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Are you involved in apprenticeship programs, vocational and/or trade schools for tile installation help? If your answer is no, why not?

Let's discuss the present and future of tile and the need for Qualified Labor.

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Quick and Easy Movement Joints... the Right Way

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you understand that all tile assemblies move and that movement (expansion) joints are mandatory, you also know that they are the only way to ensure success.

However, do you think installing movement (expansion) joints in tile installations are a pain in the #?&? If so, here are two quick and easy ways to install high-quality and long-lasting movement joints.

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Questions About CTI, ACT Certifications and Qualifications

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Our recent blog article titled "Should Tile Installers Become Certified?" has generated robust conversation on the CTEF Facebook page since it was published on September 3rd. It has also raised questions that need to be addressed about the qualifications for both the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program.

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Should Tile Installers Become Certified?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 3, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Certified Tile Installer Program

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Should tile installers become certified? 

If you are serious about your calling as a tile installer, yes, you should become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI).

If you aren't, chances are high that you aren't reading this article or even asking yourself the question.

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Offsets, Grout Joints and Customer Expectations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Have you encountered situations where a tile installation called for a 50% offset and credit card grout joints? And, then, once installed it led to lippage problems, misaligned grout joints, and/or an unhappy customer?

I'm pleased to inform you that you can officially find guidance - and justification for avoiding a 50% offset - in the TCNA Handbook.

Ready to learn more?

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Understanding Efflorescence aka that Ugly White Powder on Your Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 30, 2019 9:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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We've all seen it: that really ugly white powder that grows on cement grout and also tile, stone, brick and concrete, particularly when it's installed someplace with moisture (i.e., in a basement or outdoors). That white residue is called efflorescence.

This article goes into detail about efflorescence, including situations that readers have shared with us since the article originally published in September 2016.

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Why a Tile Installation Mockup is Really Necessary

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 16, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps, Installation + Design

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Do you build a tile installation mockup for your customers? If you don't, we strongly encourage you to consider doing so.

Here's why.

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How To Install Glass Tile Correctly

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Do you know how to correctly install glass tile? After all, it's beautiful and on trend which usually means that customers will ask you about it for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms, and showers. As you might imagine, this stunning product, when installed correctly, provides years of enjoyment. 

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You don't become a tile installer or a business owner overnight. It takes time, enthusiasm, pride, reliability, respectfulness, a willingness to learn, and dedication. No two jobs are the same; each one has its own unique nuances. As a qualified installer, you need to be able to communicate how to deal with those nuances and qualify yourself to not only meet but exceed expectations. Being qualified will exponentially increase your value and you will have endless opportunities.

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