Monday, February 28, 2011

Mosaic Art

Orbs by Julie Richey

Mosaic Art by: Julie Richey
Julie Richey Mosaics
Photo by Stacy Bratton

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Sunday, February 27, 2011


The LARC V (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo-5 ton) was designed in the very late fifties, and went into production in the early sixties. The LARC V was the smallest of the LARC family with a 5 ton payload. There was also a LARC XV (15 ton), and a LARC VX (60 ton). An earlier version of the LARC LX was called a BARC. About 900 LARC V's were built, and about 600 were sunk as a means to dispose of them as the US pulled out of Vietnam. That left about 300 vehicles. A few LARC V's are still in active service, both in the US, and abroad, but not many are left today.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Self Leveling Underlayment

Self Leveling Underlayments are growing in popularity.  They save time & labor.
"Behold the Lata-barrel....
Eddy is mixing #86, two bags at a time!
En Español:   ¡Eddy esta mezclando #86, dos bolsas a la misma vez!"
Robert Zschoche
Robert Zschoche Remodeling LLC
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling
Custom Shower Installations
Chantilly, VA 20152
Office 703 327 4718
Cell phone 703 930 8829

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Laticrete Product Selection Catalog 2011

The Laticrete product catalog has been updated to include new products - SpectraLOCK PRO Premium and Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive as well as new grout colors.

The new catalog is posted to the products section of our website. Here is a direct link to view or download a copy:


Monday, February 21, 2011

CTEF Test Exam Event St Louis


"We hosted the CTEF Test Exam event this past Friday and Saturday.    18 installers  completed the test on time.
I am proud to inform all of you that all 18 installers have passed the test and are now certified installers by the CTEF.  Homerun!
This is big news for St Louis.       
Laticrete was and has been involved in product / industry training for most of these installers careers.
This information should make for good conversations in Lati land huh?.
A special thanks for Walt.  He is quite handy!     Ed and Ron thanks to you for  your support.
Can ya tell I’m  a little proud of this one?"

Joel Tully
Trends In Tile
Bridgeton, MO 63044

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America is a country of "Volunteers" and my young nephew is a Volunteer Fireman in Weston Connecticut.

Averill Meadow

Inducted January 10, 2011
First Fire Call January 16, 2011

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Coverings - Let's Party

Click on image above to enlarge
Visit to sign up to attend our Party at the Coverings exposition in Las Vegas in March.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Incredible Glass Mosaic Tile & Travertine Pool

Designed and built by Hydroscapes Inc.

"Three classic elements were used here. Turkish travertine with a honed and unfilled finish, polished black granite, and paper mount Sicis glass mosaic. Simplicity and clean lines create a very elegant and everlasting finish.

Foremost in this design is the permanence of the finishes. When installed correctly, and maintained properly, this structure will last for hundreds of years. Sometimes people forget the main purpose of stone and tile finishes are their durability and ease of maintenance. The gorgeous designs, beautiful colors and textures are just dessert!!!"

More information available from:
Daniel Henderson
DMH Hardscapes

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Mosaic Art Now Magazine

Look who's reading Mosaic Art NOW 2011
Robert Devereaux at SAMA Event
Laticrete Sales Representative

Mosiac Art Now Magazine

SAMA – Society of American Mosaic Artists

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nice Pools In Vegas

Hard Rock Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas

I visited this project while the pools were being built and tile & stone was being installed.

Pools are now finished and look great.

Photos courtesy of Bill Warzocha from Daltile Las Vegas

Pools installations by:

Jim Barger
Pacific Custom Pools
Pasadena, CA 91107

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

A second generation tile and stone professional

I received an email a few days ago:
Please say hello to your dad for me. He was actually very helpful to me when I was a young man and starting projects like the one you saw in the email. He will remember me as the guy in Las Vegas back in the early eighties who would call him and take up a lot of his time formulating setting systems for glass and also using 9235 waterproof membranes over concrete grout water features that were breaking up and leaking. 
He taught me how to mix 3701 with non sanded grouts and roll them out as a paint like finish over the membrane as a colored protective coating that would hold up under water. Please tell him I have been using that system for over 25 years now. It still works as a inexpensive repair system when the customers cant afford a tile finish. He holds a special place in my memory as a kind and patient mentor who always took the time to help me out when i was stuck in a project or formulating a difficult installation procedure.

Like you I am a second generation tile and stone professional. There are pictures of me and my brother in similar pictures as the one of you and your brother mixing the Laticrete bucket I understand what an honor it is for you to take the time to notice the craftsmanship involved in the project you saw, and thank you for taking the time to email me.

I have enclosed photos of 2 other projects that Laticrete was used on. In all these projects my crews install the tile and stone as well as the structural masonry and concrete substrates. The one with the blue spa is Riata Bisazza paper mount glass with custom travertine mosaic veneers on the raised area and the other is Sicis paper mount glass with an interesting raised travertine wall with a custom split face travertine mosaic wave inlay.

Let me know what you think. I would love to endorse Laticrete as the best setting system as well as the best technical support I have used in my 35 years of industry experience.

Daniel M Henderson

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Contractor's Truck

"Recently, my truck has not seen the dust of anything else other than Laticrete 252 silver. Thanks for the advise on an affordable and great apartment type of thinset ……"
Orlando Car
Hayward, CA

Friday, February 11, 2011

Grout Selection Tools

One of my college attending daughters is working part time for an interior designer.  She visited a NYC tile showroom to pick up some tile samples.  She checked out the grout selection tools.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dan's New Helpers


Nice Hat ..... Nice Fish ....!

Randy Shalla with a 25 pound Northern Pike that he caught in Bark Lake, Barry's Bay, ON Canada. 
Randy is a Cabinet and Counter Top installer.

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Laticrete is the coolest

A posting from the JB Tile Forum. Used with the author's permission:

"I couldn't agree more about Laticrete. Not more than an hour ago, I received a pallet of stuff I jokingly asked to try out. Laticrete's amazing customer service and willingness to go the distance to please their customers is astounding, not to mention how incredible hydroban is.

Seriously, check out Henry's blog, I waterproofed a paper bag with it.

I am not just a Laticrete customer, I am a Laticrete fanatic."

Luke Hennigar
Coping Skills Construction
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Laticrete Visitors from Sweden

Mattias Sonnenfeld - Beijer Import & Export, Per-Arne Jonsson - PAJ Projekt & Johan Winbergh - PAJ Projekt
We had an interesting visit and an opportunity to discuss the Ceramic Tile market in Sweden
Laticrete 125 Sound & Crack Isolation Thin Bed Adhesive demonstration and discussion


New Intern at Laticrete

Tom Erath - Laticrete Technical Service Intern and Steve Rampino - Laticrete Technical Service Training Supervisor
Tom is 5th generation Tile.  His father, Scott Erath, is the President of Wm Erath & Son, Inc operating in the NYC area.
Tom is studying at a local university and will be working in our office a few days a week and studying at school a few days a week.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Reading To My Kids

One of my college attending daughters just sent me this photo.  When my kids were little this was a favorite book to read to them.  After reading I would lay on the floor and they would "Hop On Pop....!"

This photo brings back great memories ...!  Kids grow up fast ... Enjoy them while they are still at home.


A Lovely Winter Day In Connecticut

View of the Laticrete office parking lot looking out my office window
Click on the photo to enlarge it


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Mosaic Art

The Society of American Mosaic Artists
P.O. Box 624
Ligonier, PA  15658-0624



Joey Races

"Just a quick note on Joey.  He has been asked by the "Frank Marotta Auto Show" to display his car and sign autographs this weekend at the Connecticut Expo Center!
Joey and his car will be "on display" all weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  He is scheduled to sign autographs Saturday afternoon."

Jennifer Ternullo
Middletown Ceramic Tile Co.
Middletown, Connecticut


A Contractor's Comment About HydroBan

"You guys make the hands down best topically applied waterproofing membrane known to all mankind!"

Luke Hennigar

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Steve's New Logo

Stephen Maloney
Maloney Tile & Marble
Livonia, MI
(734) 578-6999


Glass Tiles - The best way to Install ....?

Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive is a one-step, non-sag, polymer fortified adhesive mortar that is specifically formulated for use in glass tile applications. Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive has great workability and produces an ultra white finish that enhances the look of glass mosaics, glass tile, and most any translucent tile or stone. In addition to containing Microban® antimicrobial protection, Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive is GREENGUARD certified for low VOC. Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive can also be used with porcelain or ceramic tile.

Key Features:

Consistent, ultra white color across the entire application area
    •    Optimal bond strength with minimal shrinkage
    •    Single component with no admix needed, just add water
    •    Superior non-sag performance
    •    Smooth and creamy consistency
    •    Equipped with Microban
    •    GREENGUARD certified
    •    Exceeds ANSI A118.4 and ANSI A118.11 bond strength requirements when mixed with water

More Info here:

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