Thursday, December 29, 2011

Boy Scouts & Laticrete

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Interesting Trowel

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Educational Programs for Architects

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Click here for additional information

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Start Racing Young

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Message from a tile contractor / Joey's Mother:
"2011 Racing Season is officially over.  Joey had a FANTASTIC season.  Here are some stats:
 
7 - 1st Place Wins
3 - 2nd Place Wins
4 - 3rd Place Wins
Rest:  Top 5 every race
 
National Points:  Joey is 22nd out of 146 Drivers in his Division across America.  Joey just missed the Championship at his race track due to missing two races while on a family vacation (my fault - as they tell me ).
 
Thank you, Laticrete, for your wonderful sponsorship this year.  We couldn't of done it without you.
 
Joey will now be moving into a bigger/faster race car for the 2012 season.  Hopefully you will be on board for next year.  This winter we will be taking Joey down to Charlotte, NC, for training."

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Message In Australia & New Zealand

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Work of Art in Mosaics

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Click here to visit the Shawn Newton Design website

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Medium Bed Adhesive Mortars

The three medium bed thinsets that we offer:
 
LATICRETE 255 MultiMax® is our premium multi-use mortar that can be applied in both thin or medium bed applications.  It is most often used in architecturally specified applications and has a smooth and creamy consistency for a medium bed while also being non-sag. More info click here.
 
LATICRETE 4-XLT® is a multi-use, non-sag mortar that can be applied in both thin or medium bed applications.  It has good build up and will provide a nice stiff mortar to backbutter the tile to ensure maximum coverage and adhesion. More info click here.
 
LATICRETE Sure Set® is a medium bed thin-set that eliminates the need for back buttering and as a result is installed in a wetter consistency than other medium bed mortars like LATICRETE 4-XLT. More info click here.

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Getting Ready For A Training program

The Laticrete Profit Through Knowledge Technical Seminar is a two day, intensive training program specifically developed for ceramic tile and stone industry distributors, dealers, and other industry professionals who want to become familiar with Laticrete products. Experienced faculty utilizes both classroom instruction and hands-on product demonstrations. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet with key LATICRETE personnel.
Click here for more info

Monday, December 19, 2011

Interesting Reading

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Click here to request a copy of this Chinese language Facades brochure

Paul At Work

Paul Pearman is a mosaic artist
Read more - click here

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Laticrete Support In Melbourne Australia


Mystery Question - Win A Prize

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OK, so what kind of M&M is this one ?  Click here to send me an email.

Thin Stone & Thin Brick Veneers

Check the website for detailed info and the installation video - www.laticrete.com/mvis

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lata-Coffee ?

Message from a tile contractor:
"Driving to New Jersey with my Laticrete coffee mug
How about some Lata-Coffee ?"

Lunch Today

Liz Gray - Fred Gray - Sheila Alderman at Pyrmont Seafood Market
Fred is the Laticrete Technical Service Manager for Australia. Sheila is my wife.
I am spending a bit of time here in Australia.  Laticrete Tile & Stone Installation materials are available and well known and respected here.
Read more here on our Laticrete Australia website and here on our Laticrete Australia Blog
The Sydney Prymont Fish Market is an incredible spot to visit and dine!  Read more here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Holiday Greetings

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Laticrete GTA and the One Step Method

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Henry - field trial #2 from the Frankengueuze lab live on location at a
customer's house.

Oceanside paper faced glass tile, back troweled, installed, and grouted.

All with Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive. 

Seemed to have worked pretty well, follow-up visit on Monday.

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Henry- please feel free to use the photo and any words you would like.

Thank you very much for asking.
Attached is another picture of the area cleaned up. Apologies for the low resolution phone pictures.
Southern Hemisphere question - since the water goes down the drain the other way, is it best to mix the thinset with the drill going counter-clockwise?

Have a good day - Jim
Jim Garbe
Renaissance Ceramic & Stone, Inc.
Delanson, NY



Mission Statement

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Our Laticrete Team in Australia is Committed

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Bathtub / Shower Walls / Shower Receptors

This Technical Advisory deals with TCNA Handbook Methods for tile & stone in Bathtub / Shower Walls / Shower Receptors
 
BATHTUB WALLS WITH NO SHOWERHEAD (Ceramic, Porcelain and Glass Tile) - pages 150-151
 
Very basic wall installation over gypsum drywall / glass mat gypsum board with Res 1 / Com 1 environmental classification. This method is suitable for Jacuzzi’s, garden tubs, soaking tubs, etc… where very little water gets splashed up onto the walls.
 
BATHTUB / SHOWER WALLS (Ceramic, Porcelain and Glass Tile) – pages 152 – 158
 
All of these methods (B411, B412, B419, B425, and B430) in this section can be used over pre-fabricated bathtubs or shower pans
 
Methods B411, B412 require a mandatory membrane (either a water resistive barrier behind the system [e.g. 15 lb felt] or a surface applied ANSI A118.10 compliant waterproofing membrane).
Methods B419, B430 make provision for an optional membrane.
Method B425 does not require the use of a membrane since the board (cementitious-coated extruded foam backer board) is the substrate.
 
When seats, curbs, niches, etc… are utilized within these methods; waterproofing must be included and properly detailed. 
 
Method B412 allows for various environmental classifications depending on the adhesive mortar used. If latex thin set mortar or epoxy adhesive is used, the method achieves  Res 1, 2, 3, 5 / Com 1, 2, 3, 5 classification. If an organic adhesive is used, the method achieves a Res 1, 2, 3 / Com 1, 2 classification.
 
SHOWER RECEPTORS (Ceramic, Porcelain and Glass Tile) – pages 159 – 169
 
The environmental classifications really help the specifier to determine which wall constructs should be built for the intended application. Several of the methods display the versatility mentioned in previous advisories. For example, methods B415, B421, B422 make provision for different uses / environmental classification which are dependent on installation materials selection.
 
All of the methods require a “shower pan membrane”. In addition, methods B414, B415 require a mandatory membrane on the walls (either a water resistive barrier behind the system [e.g. 15 lb felt] or a surface applied ANSI A118.10 compliant waterproofing membrane).
Methods B421, B422 require a mandatory continuous surface applied ANSI A118.10 compliant waterproofing membrane on the walls and shower floor.
Methods B420, B431 make provision for an optional surface applied waterproofing membrane on the walls complying with ANSI A118.10.
Method B426 does not require the use of a membrane on the walls since the board (cementitious-coated extruded foam backer board) is the substrate.
 
When seats, curbs, niches, etc… are utilized within these methods, waterproofing must be included and properly detailed. 
 
COMMON SHOWER CONFIGURATIONS (Ceramic, Porcelain and Glass Tile) – pages 169 – 171
 
This is a new section. It includes details and information from previous TCNA handbook versions that were included in the “Tile Tubs, Fountains and Curbs” section. It now includes new details and information.
 
The new details depict:
 
How shower pan membranes should be placed at corners (both inside and outside), jambs and curbs (properly folded and brought to the correct height)
How backer board is placed and fastened over shower pan membranes (so that they are not punctured).
How shower seats (and other shower “bump-outs”) are waterproofed and integrate with the shower pan membrane
 
SHOWER RECEPTOR RENOVATION (Ceramic, Porcelain and Glass Tile) – page 172
 
Method TR418 depicts mortar bed walls / mortar bed floor. Wall method B414 includes the complete installation specification for the walls.
Method TR420 depicts backer board walls / mortar bed floor. Wall methods B415, B426, or B431 include the complete installation specifications for the walls.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Dynamite smoked brisket and pulled pork!

Smoking some BBQ for a Laticrete employee lunch event
Laticrete Bethany, CT USA facility

Friday, December 02, 2011

Stacked Stone Veneer

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Jimbo and his Stacked Stone Veneer installation with Laticrete MVIS
Read more about MVIS - click here