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Scott Carothers

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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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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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