Thursday, September 30, 2010

An Interesting Project

Installation by Allied Construction of Des Moines, Iowa.  Photos courtesy of Mick Volponi of TLS

Installation features the use of TLS - the Tuscan Leveling System - to help insure a "plumb & true" installation. Tiles waterjet cut by Creative Edge of Fairfield, IA

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Jobsite Photos

... and photos & messages from the contractor ...

"Greetings from Memphis Tile and Marble Co."

"Bobby Mitchell at his best." 
 Bobby is a Laticrete CSR (Contractor Sales Rep)

Photos courtesy of:

Richard Cox
Memphis Tile and Marble Co.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

An Incredible Swimming Pool Project

Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Project Area: 2300 m² - 24,000 Sq Ft
Project Description: The Sands SkyPark sits on top of the three hotel towers at Marina Bay Sands at the 57th floor level.  The project consists of 3 jacuzzi & 3 large pools.

Install Date: Early 2010
Product(s) Used:
LATAPOXY 300 Adhesive
LATICRETE 211 E Powder
LATICRETE 226 Thick Bed Mortar
LATICRETE 3701 Mortar Admix
LATICRETE 4237 E Latex Additive

Substrate: Metal / Steel
Application Type: Swimming Pool
Finish Type: Ceramic Tile, Glass Tile & Glass Mosaic Tile

If you would like to read more about this incredible project send me an email - - and I'll send you an interesting document about this project.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Laticrete YouTube Channel

I received an email:

David and Henry,
I just opened Laticrete's latest cyber newsletter and spent an hour surfing through the section "View our Channel."  WELL DONE!!  The "HOW TO" videos are excellent.  You all are a credit to our industry.


Visit the Laticrete YouTube channel here:

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River Of Life Mosaic

An Incredible Mosaic Mural installed with Laticrete materials

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Educational Presentations

I received an email from a contractor:

"Hi Henry , just wanted to let you know your Laticrete Reps did a  wonderful job at the Evansville, IN Louisville Tile Distributors educational class. Jeff K.  seems like a super nice guy ..... and I plan to keep using your  products, as every time I try something I haven't previously used I am  always satisfied.

Thanks again and you are more than welcome to  forward this to your Reps if you like."

Josh Craig 
B&S Home Improvement  LLC

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Monday, September 27, 2010

We Support Local Technical High Schools

We provide Laticrete thinsets, grouts, mortars, waterproof membranes at no cost to Technical High Schools for student training.

We provide instructors and educational & training presentations to Technical High Schools.

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Laticrete Bethany

Laticrete Bethany CT

HQ Building and Factory

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dinner Is On The Grill

A tile contractor friend sent me this photo this evening with the question "Grilling chicken -  Where's the chardonnay?"

I replied that BBQ chicken needed cold beer or Coke …!


Hunting in South Dakota

Left to right:

Brian Swann - Laticrete
Kent Klaser - Klaser Tile
Bill Klaser - Klaser Tile (top right)
Gary Bryant - Klaser's banker for the past 30 years (lower right)

"A quick hello from Oak Tree Lodge, Clark, South Dakota. Klaser Tile group and I are having a great first day.
We sure appreciate the time here.

This place is amazing.  Cabellas premier endorsed lodge.

They have nice conference room for company meetings... Just saying..."

Brian Swann, CCTS, CTC
Laticrete Technical Sales Representative

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Nice Truck

Some Pool Guys Like trucks.  BIG trucks.

The WCP CXT is without a doubt "The World's Largest Street Legal Four Wheel Drive Truck".   it just doesn't get any bigger than that.  25,999 GVW.  one more lb. and it is an entirely different animal.  just take another look. 
Glenn Harris

AMERICA's 1st Licensed Pool Building Family
Honolulu       Orlando       Tokyo


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mosaic Art

Art created with Mosaics

The Artist's description of her work:
"My work utilizes the innate opulence of mosaic materials – 24k gold smalti, marble, semi-precious stones – to embellish sculptural forms in unexpected ways.  The discovery of dentalia shells inspired the densly-packed and fragile under skirt.
La Corrente, (The Current in Italian) is about beauty amidst destruction.  The sea kelp adorning her gown swirls in the strong gulf currents.  Giant Asian Sea Kelp is an invasive species threatening the balance of plant and marine life in the region.   While man overtly destroys the gulf with oil, pollution and fertilizer runoff, another destructive force creeps in with the current."

The Artist:
Julie Richey

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

This Guy Is Famous ... and Important

John Bridge
Tile Contractor, Published Author, Tile Forum Founder.
A Gentleman who cares about his industry

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Caped Crusader ...?

Who is the masked, caped crusader ...?

HydoBan man ...!


Maritime Museum

Our Laticrete team in China works on some rather interesting projects

China Maritime Museum - Shanghai

Exhibition and public programs spaces take up over 200,000 sq feet of area and accommodate large scale replicas of modern and ancient vessels. The most impressive of which, the Ming Dynasty trading ship, is right in the middle of the entrance foyer reaching up into a vast atrium.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This Guy Likes SpectraLOCK .... And Thinks 254 is a "Super Mortar"

"I just finished grouting the bathroom. 1"x2" subway tiles in the shower wall (all the way to the ceiling) and 13x13 (actually 12 3/4" by 12 3/4") porcelein tile on the floor. Spectralock is easier than normal grout. Smoosh it in, wait 15 minutes (clean grout bucket while waiting) and use bucket that comes with kit (2 gallon) to fill with clean water and mix in first little packet of cleaning solution. Clean grout with circular motions (think karate kid wax on, wax off). Wait 90 minutes (clean bucket again in 90 minutes) 2 gallons of water and mix in packet of final rinse solution. Wash haze off tile. Go away for 24 hours.

My friend that used to tile for a living did not like the Laticrete Platinum 254 (he did not clean out the grout lines right away and discovered that 254 is not like normal turns into Super Mortar). We went through an entire pack of Irwin blades cleaning out the grout lines...but I have the peace of mind knowing my glass tiles are never coming off that wall. However he swears he will never recommend anything but the Spectralock to people now...especially if he's going to be helping with the install. He said it was the easiest grout he's ever used.

Spectralock hardens There's no grit that I can feel like with normal grout. It has kind of a sandy feel...but you can't pick off little pieces. I can't really describe the texture. I can't see this stuff going ANYWHERE for a LONG time and I am so thrilled with the prospect of grout I don't have to seal or mess around with ever again. Fantastic."

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Tile Guys At Work

" ..... this afternoon was a perfect day, all our work is on time.... and the guys are sporting their shirts. this week we will be applying grout. its been a complicated job due to floor prep..... but we push forward.... all the time every time."

Orlando Car/Master Installer

Certified Floor Covering And Remodels


Monday, September 20, 2010

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

A beautiful view


Mortar Bed Training

Laticrete Facility, Dallas, TX

The John Bridge Tile Forum Mud Training Program is this week.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Laticrete SpectraLOCK on top of the world

"Well, at 11,428 feet anyway.

The wife and I recently went vacationing in Estes Park here in Northern Colorado. We hike quite a bit and this particular mountain is called the 'Twin Sisters'. It is right next to Long's Peak and summits at 11,428 feet.

The trail is a good seven mile, seven hour round trip and over 1/2 mile up. I wore the SpectraLOCK shirt recently sent to me and took a picture for you. Let everyone know that Laticrete makes great hiking gear!"

Tile Art


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Laticrete Product Manager

Julian DeLuca has joined team Laticrete as our new Adhesives Product Manager.

Julian (Jay) will manage our Adhesives product lines including powder, latex, epoxy and mastic adhesives.

Jay comes to Laticrete from a manufacturer of high-quality residential roof and wall building solutions.

Jay holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Temple University and is presently pursuing his Masters in Strategic Communication and Leadership at Seton Hall University.

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Mother of Pearl Mosaic

"I wanted to send you a photo of the caution tape in action.

We're using some Latapoxy 300 Epoxy Adhesive to set the Mother of Pearl mosaic from Original Style on the front counter."

Travis Johnson CCTS
Syverson Tile & Stone
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone 605-336-1176 x125

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Have Trowel, Will Travel

A Florida tile guy doing tilework in the NC mountains travels to TN to get his Laticrete for his installation.

The tile guy:
Dan Whelan

K-9 Unit Tile
(904) 233-6986

The Laticrete Distributor:

Johnson City, TN

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Southern Californian LataKid

This is my youngest son Dimitry. As he is a narcissist like his father he would be delighted to have you post this on your blog.

Gerard Meyers
Technical Sales Representative
Cell. 203.671.1635
FAX. 951.600.7940
LATICRETE International Inc.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Southern LatiBaby

Hey Henry!! This is Alicia with Crossvillie Tile and Stone in Pelham AL. I finally got around to getting a picture of our little Reagan in her Laticrete shirt.

She was born on June 9, 2010 6 lbs and 12 oz.

Just wanted to pass it along to you. Thanks again for the shirt!! She looks so cute in it!!

Alicia Spanick
Crossville Tile and Stone

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nice Paint Job

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Silicone Sealant


High performance silicone sealant designed for use in coves, corners, changes in plane and expansion joints in exterior and interior applications of tile and stone.

Ideal for use in swimming pools and other wet area applications.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Morning Coffee On The Jobsite

Orlando Car
Certified Floor Covering
Hayward, CA


Jobsite View - North Carolina Mountains

Some tile & stone work is being done in a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. Not a bad area to be working in.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Laticrete Headed To A Jobsite

"Packed up and leaving for the jobsite in the AM"

Craig Marcus
Tile Installations Unlimited
108 Eastman Estates
Rochester,NY 14622


More LatiBaby Photos

Matt Black and his son Henry

Are these guys dressed in the height of fashion, or what ...?

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Coralstone Pool Deck

A beautiful Coralstone pool deck with a hidden drain system in Florida

..... with Crabs ....!

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Flag


A Really Nice Car


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Some Stone Guys Get The Glory

For the rest of the story ....... Contact:

David R. Luster
Advent Design International
Telephone: 201-444-0426
Fax: 201-444-1601


App Reminder

If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad ....the Laticrete App will provide coverage calculations as well as product information.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

11 Year Old Son of Tile Contractor Races

I received an email this afternoon:

"Awesome footage from FOXCT News special called "Daytrippers" done by FOX reporter Sarah Cody.

This is very incredible for Joey Ternullo from Middletown Ceramics, but equally as awesome for LATICRETE. Talk about great exposure! This was run on the 10:00 evening news last night and is also here online."

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Hunting & Fishing In Canada

Message from Atlanta based Laticrete guy, Adam Marks:

"I had mentioned last week that Rob and I hosted Dennis Chao from CSC Flooring and his guest Chris Britton from Brasfield and Gorrie on a bear hunt / fishing trip.

WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Both guests were successful in their hunting for Canadian Black Bear, both were taken with one clear arrow shot.

Over 100 fish were caught and released in a 4 day period, small mouth bass. We ate the Lake Trout.

And of course the great Canadian outdoors were explored."

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Camera Phone Photos

40 bags plus 40 more to come.

I received a couple of camera phone photos from a contractor friend today. Amazing how sharp the images are from modern camera phones ..!

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

New Laticrete Guy

Jeff Kohmann has joined the Laticrete team as a Contractor Sales Representative covering the IN, KY, MI, OH, W PA area.

Jeff has over 25 years experience in our industry on the installation side. He has experience with a wide range of hard surfaces; terrazzo, resilient, wood, tile & stone.

Jeff was most recently the owner of T & R Cut Tile & Stone in Canton, OH. He resides in Hartville, OH with his wife, Michelle. Jeff has a daughter, Vanessa, two sons, Michael and Brian, and a grand-daughter Jocelyn. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys boating and golf.

If you are a tile or stone contractor in the IN, KY, MI, OH, W PA area feel free to "put Jeff to work ...!"

Jeff Kohmann
Cell phone: (203) 516-8681

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

New Grout Colors

A handful of new Laticrete grout colors are coming your way in January!

These new Laticrete grout colors will offer you a fresh color palette from which to choose coordinating grout colors for your tile & stone projects.

These colors will be available in LATICRETE SpectraLOCK® PRO Grout, LATICRETE SpectraLOCK 2000 IG, LATICRETE PermaColor™ Grout, and LATICRETE Premium Acrylic Caulk beginning January 1, 2011.

The new colors shown above will replace the following colors which will be discontinued effective December 31, 2010:

#12 Navajo Tan #31 Caramel #36 Copper Beech
#47 Cinnamon #51 Buff #54 Dusty Rose

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