Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Laticrete Spotted On A Jobsite
Ever since my kids have been little we've played a game of "who can spot some Laticrete on a jobsite"
They've grown up and "flown the nest" but they continue to send me text messages or photos when they spot a pail or bag of Laticrete on a jobsite.
Today I received this one from my youngest daughter in New York City.
Technical Design Manual - Medical, Educational and Hospitality
I received a message a few moments ago that the Laticrete Technical Services and Marketing teams have announced the availability of the newest Tile & Stone Technical Design Manual as part of an ongoing series of tile & stone design manuals being developed.
The Medical, Educational and Hospitality Facilities Ceramic Tile and Stone Installation Technical Design Manual is now available here:
This manual focuses on Medical (hospitals, clinics, etc…), Educational (schools, universities, etc…) and Hospitality (hotels, etc…) and includes new sections on sound control and “green” installations.
This is a great reference tool for tile & stone installers and contractors involved in Medical, Educational and Hospitality projects.
This publication does have an ISBN number for indexing and reference in libraries etc
Labels: Technical Design Manual
Monday, August 30, 2010
A barrier-free shower in Seattle
Laticrete 3701 drypack used for the shower pan.
Laticrete Hydroban with fabric reinforcement for waterproofing.
Pan mosaic installed with Laticrete 220 mortar. Wall tile installed with Laticrete 255 non-sag mortar. Grouted with Laticrete PermaColor.
Capua Custom Tile & Stone
Stack Stone with Latapoxy 310
No Grout Mosaics Install
On a side note I've been very impressed with Laticrete products usually after using something else and having trouble. I used the 4XLT for a glass mosaic backsplash in my kitchen and that thing is magical. For one there is no sagging and second when I straightened out each piece of the mosaic it stays put instead of getting dragged by the meshing. I started with the H D thinset which didn't perform as well.
As for the grouting of the same tile, I first went with brand M and ended up having to rip out some of the tile because xx is totally unusable. Its 100% unforgiving and a bad idea for anything with a lot of grout lines that need to be "dressed" like a glass mosaic. Ended up ripping out half the tiles cos the grout stuck to it and then grouted the second time around with Permacolor which was a joy to work with! Could've saved myself 1 week and $1000 by using Permacolor first.
I will post my experiences on the board to help other DIYers avoid my mistakes.
Any help with the installation of the Inax sentousai will be appreciated
Installing No-Grout Mosaics or Stone
1) Use white thinset for a white or light colored tile, gray thinset for gray or dark colored tiles
2) Use a GOOD quality thinset DESIGNED / Engineered for hanging these types of products on walls and "mix it to the proper, normal" consistency
3) Knock down trowel marks
4) Insure that there is no "ooze"
I tried a 1/8 trowel but felt it was too small so I upgraded to a 3/16 and everything is sticking and the joints are free of excess thinset. I am also using the Laticrete 4XLT thinset that thing grabs on to tile like a magnet so it allows me to use a smaller trowlel. I will post a picture when its done its a pretty cool tile.
Funny thing is the installation instructions inside the tile boxes are in Japanese. I was going to Google the translation but how the hell do type Japanese characters?
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Fresh Fish When Cruising
Friday, August 27, 2010
A nice message
"Thanks for your offer. Are you the same Henry Rothberg that I met in Atlanta in 1978/79 at the Dal Tile Service Center? I worked for Dave Adams there.
While I have your attention, I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate the performance of all the Laticrete products.
The SpectraLock and Permacolor grouts are easy upsells for us as flooring/tile dealers, and since I have the SpectraLock Pro all over my house, it's easy for me to guide my customers to the benefits and long term value.
Your sales reps and tech guys (well, the ones in MY area anyway - Mike Goins and Gary Martin) are first rate professionals who make the extra effort to make sure we're happy with your products, and who also make sure that we understand how to use them via our warehouse 'classes'. "
Diner Tile Installation In Progress
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Some Jobsites Have Quite A View
An Incredible Stone Facade
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Congratulations to Brian Carlson (a Laticrete guy in the Southern CA region) and Rebecca on the birth of their third child.
Jacob Mathew entered the world at 1:28 pm on August 18th weighing 8 lb 2 oz.
Mother and baby are doing great!
Easy to Use Epoxy Adhesive
I used the Latapoxy 300 that you were so VERY kind to provide.
It's very nice material. I agree with you, it trowels much, much better than xxx . It also cleans up easier and water seems to be an effective cleaning agent during the whole job (unlike the xxx). Cleanup without lacquer thinner is very, very important!
I did post my findings on the forum, in the same thread. http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=990303&postcount=14
Thank you again for the sample. Next time the need arises for epoxy thinset... it will definitely be Latapoxy 300.
BTW, Dale (my local rep that arranged getting me that pail) is a great ambassador. His demo sold me on Spectralock ... I use it for almost everything I do now.
Note: If you haven't worked with our Latapoxy 300 Epoxy adhesive and would like to try a pail ... send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me: (203) 393-4620
Latapoxy 300 - More info, click here.
Good Corporate Citizens
Last night Ron Nash - Laticrete Director of Sales, John Striednig - Laticrete Regional Sales Manager TX, my wife Sheila, and I, attended an event at the Bethany Town Library.
Reading Garden Dedication
Clark Memorial Library
Laticrete contributed to this Eagle Scout Project.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Cruising & Fishing
Graphics For Your Trailer Or Truck
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Interesting Grout Colors
Collier Building Industry Association .... and Bricks
Collier Building Industry Association
Tony Campos of Laticrete International presents a (big) check to Juls Chambers for the Laticrete donation to the CBIA engraved brick project.
Back row left to right: Carter Grant CGP, David Aldrich President CBIA, Tom Dardis CGP, CAPS, Patrick Henry Dal Tile,
Second row: Valerie Childs, Terrilyn Van Gorder, Barbie Rogers, Laura Johnston
Front row: Tony Campos Laticrete International, Juls Chambers CBIA Membership Director
More info here.
We like to contribute to & be part of industry organizations ....!
Art In Architecture
Click on the image above for an enlarged view
More info on their website at http://www.adventstone.com
David R. Luster, President
Advent Design International
576 Wyndemere Avenue
Ridgewood, New Jersey, 07450 - USA
Mick & Ernie Visit
Mick & Ernie of Tuscan Leveling Systems visited Laticrete today.
We had an opportunity to chat about a wide range of issues.
Our focus was on the installation of large module tiles with the Tuscan Leveling System to reduce or eliminate lippage. And Medium bed adhesive mortars like Laticrete 4-XLT.
More info on the TLS here.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
John King Art
"Here are some pictures from a job I am doing up on the ridge of a mountain. The house is partially buried in the earth. I am installing my handmade concrete tiles on some of the exterior walls. Some of these tiles are 1.5' x 8'. They are all 5/8ths thick. In the past I never poured them more than a few feet tall at that thin thickness but I just kept experimenting with the mixture and forms. The first thing I couldn't believe was getting them out of the forms without breaking them. Then I couldn't believe I got them loaded on the truck without breaking, then driving them ten miles over rutted roads with out breaking, then out of the truck, then finally installed without breaking them. (well most of them)
Thanks to Henry for the great information on Latapoxy 310. It is working really well. Easy to mix and apply etc."
John King Art
Monday, August 09, 2010
Safety Vests On The Jobsite
Friday, August 06, 2010
The Son of Some Tile Folks
Crystal Mall in Waterford asked Joey to display his car (and himself!) inside the mall.
He signed 100 autographs!
Joey is the young son of
Joe & Jennifer Ternullo
Middletown Ceramic Tile Co.
Labels: Race Team
Jeff & Foosball
Some people are passionate about what they do.
Jeff is passionate about Laticrete and Laticrete support services to the contractor.
Jeff is also passionate about his hobby, Foosball.
Jeff is a competitive Foosball player. He has won more than 15 Foosball titles including the 2005 World Championship!
Laticrete Contractor Sales Representative
Thursday, August 05, 2010
"When I received the flag it was folded in its package….just the way flags usually arrive. The folds become creases over time in the package and the best way to get rid of them is to fly the flag. These shots were taken in my back yard at the 100 yard marker on the first fairway of Hibiscus Country Club in Naples, FL. I proudly fly the American flag every day and occasionally change the secondary flag to suit the occasion. On Saturday July 31, 2010 every golfer at Hibiscus saw the Laticrete flag."
Tom Dardis CGP, CAPS
Affordable Flooring & Kitchens
Member Collier Builders Industry Association
CBIA Remodelors Council Director/Secretary
NAHB Certified Green Professional
NAHB Certified Aging In Place Specialist
CBIA Foundation Director
"Accent wall in the bathroom. The dry area. Had to work on top of newly installed ipe wood floors.
The tile is from Bedrosians. It is literally made from seashells. Left ungrouted.
Was going over drywall. Used 4 xlt so that I could go from the top down. Did not want to drop anything on the finish tile. Not going to be easy to clean.
I did like for glass mosaics, I flattened my notches, but went with a 1/4" notch, started with v but not enough transfer. The xlt just held the tile up there. "
Isaac Homza, Tile Contractor
Higher Standard Tile & Stone
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Shock & Vibration Resistant Adhesive Mortars
Edificio Alonso de Cordova
This large exterior porcelain tile cladding project in Santiago, Chile survived the second strongest earthquake of the last 100 years in Chile, 8.5 on the Ritcher scale
Install Date: 5/1/2008
• Laticrete 1500 Sanded Grout
• Laticrete 1776 Grout Admix
• Laticrete 254 Platinum
• Concrete - Cast in Place Walls
• Concrete Masonry Units (CMU Block)
• Facade, Exterior Thin Bed
• Porcelain Tile / Vitrified Tile
Yesterday was my birthday .... I celebrated .....
I received a few birthday greetings ....!
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Recent project by our friend and tile installation craftsman Stephen Maloney
Hydrobarrier for the first time
4XLT – Steve laid the whole shower without spacers – he is an artist
"Here's some photos of that shower I told you about, as I said the homeowner was amazed with the products we were using and the fact that we did not need spacers 'cause we used 4xlt."
Maloney Tile and Marble
734 513-5041 office
734 513-5150 fax
734 578-6999 mobile
See some of Stephen's work on his Blog at www.maloneytile.blogspot.com
Monday, August 02, 2010
Mick Installing Tile
Mick installing tile on his own project.
Thinset / medium bed mortar is Laticrete 4XLT, self leveling is LatiLevel and Anti-fracture membrane is Laticrete Blue 92.
The Tiles are from TREND USA size 16x48" by 3/16 thickness.
Interested in installing large module tile or stone and providing a plumb, true & smooth installation ...?
Check the Tuscan leveling System. Click here.