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Gridlines vs. Spacers: Which is Better When Installing Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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When you're installing tile, do you use gridlines or spacers? Why do you do so?

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Five Self-Leveling Underlayment (SLU) Requirements

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Are you familiar with SLU or Self-Leveling Underlayment?

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Tips for Specifying Tile, Stone & Glass for Kitchen & Bath Installations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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Have you wondered what goes into specifying ceramic tile, stone and glass for kitchen and bath installations - especially if you want those installations to be successful? That's what Scott Carothers focused on in his NKBA presentation, using stunning installation examples.

Here's a summary with highlights and the actual presentation included at the end of the article.

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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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Do You Manage Your Tile Tools? (Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2020 4:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Have you considered that how you manage your tile tools affects how you manage your time? It's a similar thought-process to how you go about cutting tile.

Qualified Labor constantly thinks about how to manage time. After all, time is money. How well you make use of that time affects how long it takes you to complete tile installations, the quality of your work, and how many client projects you can commit to.

This is true with how you manage your tools. 

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Find the Source of the Water Leak Before Tiling

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Tiling over a water problem will not make the problem disappear. Rather, you need to find the source of the water leak before installing any floor surface, including tile.

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Have You Snapped a Chalk Line for Your Tile Layout?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Certified Tile Installer Program

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Layout is a big deal in a tile installation. Have you tried snapping a chalk line to ensure that your tile layout is successful?

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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 Acceptable is Warped Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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If  you think that warped tile isn't acceptable, we're here to help you  understand what is and what isn't acceptable. You see, there are two categories to consider: inherent (actual) warpage and excessive warpage.

Actual warpage is a function of the tile manufacturing process. It's something qualified tile installers and Certified Tile Installers take into consideration.

Excessive warpage may indicate a bigger issue.

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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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