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Scott Carothers

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How to Prepare for Tile Shade Variation

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2017 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. You don't want to encounter what I refer to as the "Five-O-Five Surprise."

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Do You Ignore Grout Manufacturer Directions?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott

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I certainly hope you don't ignore grout manufacturer directions which just about guarantees that your tile installation will fail. In fact, that's true for just about all the products tile installers use. For the sake of this article, though, I'll focus on grout and more specifically High Performance Cement Grouts.

Here's why you need to take the manufacturer's directions seriously.

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Is Your Floor or Wall Flat Enough for Large Format Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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How prepared are you for installing Large Format Tile (LFT) and ensuring you have a surface that is adequately flat? It's a big deal and worth considering before you get started. 

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Do You Have Enough Mortar to Accommodate Most Tile Warpage?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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When you install tile, do you ensure that you have enough mortar to accommodate inherent (actual) tile warpage associated with large format tile?

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ANSI Standards: A Tile Installer's Best Friend!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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How familiar are you with the ANSI Standards for the Installation of Ceramic Tile? (ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute.) If you aren't, and you're in the tile installation business, it's time you pay attention. ANSI Standards are a tile installer's best friend! 

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Why a Tile Installation Mockup is Really Necessary

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps, Installation + Design

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

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Why Do You Need Expansion Joints When Installing Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you're wondering why you need to include expansion joints when installing tile, you've come to the right place. Let me explain why they are so important.

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Why You Need to Eliminate Spot Bonding When Installing Ceramic Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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I hope you don't use spot bonding or "five spotting" when installing ceramic tile. It's a problem that's high on the list of failure questions received by the CTEF offices when things go wrong. 

In case you didn't read How to Correctly Trowel Mortar When Installing Tile? or you still think it's okay, let's review in detail why you need to eliminate even the thought of using spot bonding for your ceramic tile installation projects.

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