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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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How To Cut Tile and Manage Time (Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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When you cut tile for an installation project, how much do you think about time management?

If you're a professional, chances are that you constantly think about how to manage your time. After all, your 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 even when you cut tile.

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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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Why Tiling an Elevator Floor May Not Be a Good Idea

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Perhaps tiling an elevator isn't at the top of the average homeowner's list of tile installation questions, however it is one that matters to owners, architects, designers and tile contractors involved in multi-story buildings - including residential ones - with elevators.

In this article, we specifically address a question about using tile for an elevator floor, sharing with you how Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and Robb Roderick CTI #727 respond in their role as National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainers. 

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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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