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How to Avoid Visible Trowel Ridges Through Translucent Glass Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Glass tile has truly captured the hearts of consumers in both the residential and commercial marketplaces, making it important for tile installers to understand how to avoid trowel ridges and marks that are visible through translucent glass tile.

Do you know the proper technique?

Let's explore how this is done with the help of Mark Heinlein CTI #1112National Tile Contractors Association Training Director and Technical Trainer / Presenter and CTEF Regional Evaluator.

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Getting the Coverage You Need Under Large Wall Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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What challenges have you encountered getting the coverage you need under large wall tile? There are two aspects to this question. 

The first has to do size. Many projects today call for ever-increasing tile sizes, many of which are rectangular shapes such as 12” x 24”, 18” x 36”, 24” x 48”, and larger creating difficulties for the installer when bonding the tile to the substrate. 

>> See Do You Have Enough Mortar to Accommodate Most Tile Warpage?

The second has to do with walls.

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Want Credit Card Grout Joints? First Check Tile Industry Standards.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Want Credit Card Grout Joints? First Check Tile Industry Standards.

Yes, credit card joints are popular, but given tile industry standards, they aren't possible, appropriate or even recommended.

Many installers have had customers who have seen tile installations in a magazine or brochure which is exactly what they want in their homes. Unfortunately, the “look” they want to achieve with credit card thickness grout joints most likely will not be possible using the tile that has been selected.

Let's explore why.

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How to Correctly Trowel Mortar When Installing Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you're asking how to trowel mortar when installing tile, realize that you are asking a fundamentally critical question. It's so critical that readers like you have made this CTEF Blog article the one with the highest readership since we originally published it on June 7, 2016.

You see, when thin set mortar is incorrectly applied, the installation will many times fail. More likely than not, the tile will break - as you see in the image below.

Not a good situation for the customer and a terrible one for everyone involved in installing tile correctly.

Let's focus then on how to properly apply the mortar.

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15 Tile Installation Resolutions for 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 2, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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It's a brand new year and just the time for you to make tile installation resolutions for 2018. If you're already in the know, consider these a refresher. And, if you're new to the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and the Certified Tile Installer Program, then consider this your introduction to a bold, new standards-based, methodical approach to installing ceramic tile.

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Understanding Efflorescence aka that Ugly White Powder on Your Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2017 9:30:00 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.

This article goes into detail about efflorescence, including situations that readers have shared with us since the article originally published in September 2016.

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Does Your Tile Slope To the Drain?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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When you install tile in wet areas, do you ensure that everything slopes to the drain? If not, please read below.

Let's consider showers.  Showers can be a beautiful part of the bathroom especially when tile is part of the finished product.  The beauty, though, will not be long lasting if the installation standards and best practices for tile installation are not followed.

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A Flat Floor vs. a Level Floor: What's the Difference?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Does the word flat have the same meaning as the word level when it comes to floors and, more importantly, to tile installation?  If we look in various dictionaries, flat and level can have almost the same definition which can be confusing. 

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Where Do You Find Porcelain Tile Installation Standards and More?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer

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If you're having porcelain tile installed and you're looking for confirmation or validation that the project will be completed correctly, where do you go?

We recommend two paths:

  1. Know where to find porcelain tile installation standards
  2. Know where to find tile installation experts for the project

Let's explore.

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How to Evaluate a Finished Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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What goes into evaluating a finished tile installation?

At times, this can be the most frustrating part of the project - for both the installer and the homeowner or project owner. Why? Because of finished tile expectations, naturally-occurring variations and other unexpected situations that fall within industry standards.

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