is a guest post by Robert Davis, Owner, Davis Solutions
April 2016, I was contacted by the owner of a historic Oregon residence. The
home, listed on the National Register, was built in 1910. The homeowner
was in possession of a custom printed ceramic panel and was referred to Davis
Solutions for its installation. The panel, a world map with historic
relevance to the home's builder, was to be set over the home's original
concrete substrate had several in-plane cracks, as well as something like a
dozen coats of various colors of paint. After grinding to remove paint, flatten
the slab, and scarify, the homeowner and I discussed and decided upon a layout.
gave the concrete a drink and installed STRATA_MAT™
uncoupling membrane with TRI-LITE™ light weight mortar. My
company had been included in the field trials for TRI-LITE, and I was glad of
its availability for this ceramic installation. A fun and rewarding occupation
is enhanced by the availability of excellent tile installation materials.
TRI-LITE offers excellent workability and pot life, and performs very well as a
non-sag LFT (large format tile) mortar.
life came into play as the neighbor arrived and initiated a debate over the wall
tile layout. Thank goodness I hadn't made any cuts yet! After a settlement was
reached, I gave my mud a turn and had no problem with open time as I set the
hearth. The grab of this mortar at full coverage is impressive even on
6" soft-body. I was a bit worried I'd damage an irreplaceable piece
by pulling it up for adjustment.
Three days later, I returned to grout using PERMACOLOR® Select unsanded cement grout. Knocking on the tile
was like knocking on bedrock. I know that TRI-LITE over/under STRATA_MAT
will be my workhorse installation for many years to come. It is easily the most
forgiving 118.15 mortar I have ever used.
Stay tuned for additional pictures of this
project once the hearth has been trimmed.
Davis of Davis Solutions (541-905-5228) specializes in custom tile and stone
installations. He is a general contractor doing business in Lebanon, Albany,
and Corvallis, Oregon. He began as a helper for Von Ruden Construction in '07,
and immediately knew he’d found a career. After installing for several local
shops over the years, he went out on his own as Davis Solutions in 2015.
Labels: PermaColor, Strata_Mat, tri-lite