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  1. Tiling
    Hey guys, this is my first post here. Been talking with some tile buddies and they also found the same thing and stopped using it. I want to see how widespread this is or if anyone else stopped using it for the same reason. For the last year or so, I find it takes way longer to set, even when...
  2. Concrete & Paving
    Hello I've been browsing the site for years and love the info but couldn't find an answer to this question so here it goes. We recently added a room addition to a home and had to pour the concrete for the basement floor in the winter. The foundation walls were in place so I was able to cover...
  3. Tiling
    I'm a typical homeowner with no knowledge of how to tile so looking for help/advice. Last May, hired a professional tile setter to remove and re-tile our guest bathroom tub/shower. Fast forward to December and noticed cracks in two of the tiles - both in the bottom row, corner tiles (on the...
  4. Flooring
    Hello everyone, Happy Thanksgiving! I am a general contractor in South Florida and have a new crew installing a patio floor. Note the patio floor has uneven terrazzo, and a ton of prep work required, definitely not a easy job. One layer of terrazzo on top of another. 90% of the top layer was...
  5. Flooring
    Can anyone identify this tile. I'm replacing the damaged base tile, and I can't find who makes it, I put Black tile on either side so the actual color may be more visible.It's 6.5 x12
  6. Tiling
    I hate how discolored the caulk around the edge of the tub is—I used acrylic caulk along the tile that is against the baseboard and the tub and it’s prone to discoloration and trapping grime. Not moldy. Does anyone ever paint this and then use a sealer on top? I’m aiming for a v clean bright...
  7. Tiling
    Believe it or not the grout that I’m pointing to (flexible caulk grout) is made by the same company as the tile grout and is supposedly the same color...mocha. Yeah right! This is too Bright for me, what sealer could potentially be used on both the grout and tile to darken and enhance the color...
  8. Flooring
    Here’s the thought. I fabricate solid surface countertops I have a lot of leftover Dekton 1/4” thick material. I would like to do my interior stairs, tread and riser as one piece joined on a 45. So far I have preped the structure of the stair case to stop deflection and sheathed the tread with 2...
  9. Tiling
    Hey guys so I am not new to tile by any means but I have always used HD crap for my thinset. I have recently been trying to educate myself on the better products to make things go faster and easier. I recently dropped a fe sq/ft of tile at a job and I decided to use Laticrete thinset to help...
  10. Flooring
    I am having a hard time locating chemical/polymer free grout for a chemically sensitive client. The grout gap is 1/4 " and thought Saltillo grout would work but the gap is too small. Anyone have a source or solution? I thought maybe we could make our own grout with sand and cement? Not sure of...
  11. Remodeling
    Hey folks. I am looking for opinions on a tiled tub surround rebuild in a 1930s bath. The homeowners want to preserve as much of the original plaster walls (3 layer on wood lath) as possible, so I need to decide on the best method for joining new cement board substrate to the old plaster. I...
  12. Tiling
    I just started this job last Thursday, a week early because the shower was leaking into the dining room. This room is more a non custom with new fixtures, cabinets, Tile floor, Veritek shower wall surround and tub refinishing. My good friend Steve321 just recently signed up for CT and he's...
  13. Tiling
    Can some of you pros out there give me some insight on how to prep shower walls to be tiled? I always read that a cement backer board is the way to go. But yet every time I walk into a new home under construction by a variety of builders, they are using green board or blue board under the...
  14. New Member Introductions
    Hello Im Alex. I noticed a Contractor Talk app while playing with my iPhone and decided to sign up. I am a third generation tile, marble and stone contractor servicing the Dallas/Ft worth area. I specialize in custom showers, backsplashes, floors, stone refinishing, and just about anything...
  15. Kitchens & Baths
    Anyone have any suggestions? I was recently asked to install a pocket door in a relatively small master bath where one side of the wall I would be installing a tile tub surround ( quartzite natural stone 1" x 2" brick lay mosaic) approximatley 30" x 5'. Is this feasible? Also, the wall is of...
  16. Flooring
    Got called to finish a flooring job someone did not complete. The transition is between Laminate flooring and Stone tile. The gap varies over the 21 feet, from say 1/2" to 1 1/2" and the height between the flooring types is also wavy. It is pretty uneven and there are 3 large curves to deal...
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