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Scott Carothers

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The Ultimate Guide to Underlayment for Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 6, 2017 9:15:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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For a beautiful and long-lasting tile installation, you need to ensure that every facet of the job is completed properly according to tile industry standards and best practices. The key element here is the foundation of the installation and that's where underlayment for tile solves a multitude of problems.

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How to Install Floor Tile When It's Natural Stone Rather Than Ceramic

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2017 8:50:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you're considering how to install floor tile, be aware that there's a significant difference between installing natural stone tile and ceramic tile especially when it's over wood framing.

Unfortunately, many consumers, builders and even some tile installers share the mistaken idea that natural stone tile products may be installed over a wood-framed floor in the same way as is ceramic and porcelain tile. This is completely untrue and will many times lead to a very costly replacement.

Why? Because tiles made from natural stone do not have the same strength as ceramic tiles and they require a floor system that is twice as stiff as what is required for ceramic floor tile.

Let's explore in more detail.

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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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Understanding Efflorescence aka that Ugly White Powder on Your Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 8:30:00 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.

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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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