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Scott Carothers

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Dealing With Ramps and Level Changes on Tile Jobsites

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Have you had to deal with ramps and level changes on your tile jobsite? How have you addressed them?

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Six Steps for Mixing Mortars and Grouts

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 7, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Would you agree that mortars and grouts matter to a successful tile installation project? And that you need them to be properly mixed?

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The Perils of Improper Floor Prep

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 9, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Let's talk about floor prep. How seriously do you take it?

Realize that the success or failure of most tile projects is keyed to the amount of floor prep provided and the attention to detail.  When you or anyone else cuts corners to save time and or money on a job, the result is almost always failure. 

To make my point, here are specific examples highlighting seven perils of improper floor prep. You may have encountered others that we can add to the list.

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How To Deal With Non-Linear Expansion Joints

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Installing Tile TIps

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How do you deal with expansion joints in an installation that is non-linear? You can't ignore them or you'll wind up with a nasty surprise. You can't necessarily change your tile layout so your movement joint is linear. So what can you do?

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Tile Patterns Require Balance and Common Sense

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

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Perhaps it seems self-evident that the tile patterns you select need to be balanced when installed. And, yet, simply based on photos readily available, balance and common sense don't always go hand-in-hand.

Especially when your tile choices come in so many more sizes, shapes, patterns, and colors than in the past.  Along with this availability comes creativity with endless possibilities.

Today we will focus on one of these options – the pattern.  Combining these tiles, whether square or rectangular, with an offset pattern creates a unique visual many times not realized in is square or stacked design.

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How to Prepare for Tile Shade Variation

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 24, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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How do you handle tile shade variation? Do you make a point of bringing it up with customers before starting a tile installation project? If you don't, I urge you to do so. Not only is it a great opportunity to educate your customers about tile installation methods, standards and best practices, but it also helps you avoid what I refer to as the "Five-O-Five Surprise."

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Grout Joint Offsets and Wood Plank Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Wood plank tile: it's beautiful and offers so many advantages over hardwood floors. What kind of grout joint offsets should you work with?

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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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