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Myth Busters 2018:

Setting the Record Straight on Tile Installation

Date: Thursday,

May 3, 2018

Time:  1:00 PM

Duration:  1 hour

Host:  Jim Olson 

Presenter: Dale Roberts

Meeting Description:

This entertaining and eye-opening Truth or Myth presentation will address common misunderstandings that are often seen in tile design, specifications and installations. Dale will cover the true facts of the industry while busting myths, rumors and misunderstandings of specifications, building codes and the TCNA handbook. He will be digging into some of the fine print you’ll want to know before starting your next installation.   

Examples of some of the myths (or complicated truths) that will be covered: 

Commercial bathrooms are classified as dry areas that do not require waterproofing.   

Cross-hatching the mortar on the substrate and the back of the tile will give me great coverage.  

If the concrete slab meets Floor flatness (Ff#), it is ready for tile installation.  

Grouts no longer need to be sealed. 

The tile contractor is not responsible for the condition of the subfloor. 

Thin-set mortar can be used to bond directly to rigid foam insulation or an exterior gypsum board. 

For the best protection, install full coverage crack isolation membranes.  

It’s okay to skip using soft joints in my installation if they will ruin the pattern.  


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Exit Planning

Gauged Porcelain Tile Panel/Slabs and LHT Mortar Technology


Electric Radiant Heat Tiling Systems and Installation Methodology

A Revolution in Tiling Leveling Systems - Perfect Installations Without Call Backs


Proper Use of Pre-Sealers and Grout Releases for the Installation of Tile & Stone

Tile Over What?

Evolution of Grout in Ceramic Tile & Stone Installations

How to Use Cleaners and Sealers for Tile, Grout, and Natural Stone

Capillary Passive Drainage for Exterior Tile Installations

Do I Really Have to Do That?

Superior Format Tile, The New Generation of Tile

Concrete Moisture; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Sealers & Cleaners for Stone & Tile Installations - Chemistry and Function

When Epoxy Grout is a Better Choice

Barrier Free Showers

Maintenance and Problem Solving for Tile & Stone

Strategies for Social Media

Color and Tile Design Trends for 2017 

What Lies Beneath, A Discussion of Underlayments. 

Busting Tile Installation Myths

Ideal Underlayments and Tile Setting Strategies

Why are Movement Joints Required in Tile & Stone Installations

Tiled Swimming Pool & Water Feature Installation Methods 

Avoid Call Backs: 4 Secrets to a Successful Tile Installation

Thin Porcelain Tile; It Continues to Grow in Size, Market, and Expectation

Tile Shower Installation Systems

A Look Into Coverings 2016

2015 ANSI & TCNA Handbook updates

Strategies of Exterior Tile Installations

Ready to Use Grouts

Benefits of Precast Cementitious Terrazzo Tile

A Sneak Peak into Coverings 2015

Meeting Challenges for Tile & Stone Installations - New vs. Renovations

Maximizing Tile Installations with Profiles

But I Didn't Bid it That Way

The "ACT" way to Build a Reliable Shower

Building a BulletProof Spec

Grouting Solutions for Commercial Kitchens

Barrier Free Design

Residential Contracts and Other Standard Business Practices

Crack Isolation and Sound Membranes, are they all that they are cracked up to be?

Going Linear

Grout and Tile Specifications

Evolution of Tile Sealers and Cleaners

US Market Trends - A New Direction


Thin Tile Installation

Permeation , Crack Isolation and their Impact on Waterproofing

Large Format Tile & Substrates


Profits Thru Proper Protection & Care of Stone

A118.15 - Taking Mortar to the Next Level

New Direction for Thin Tile

Qualifying Tile & Stone Installation Systems using the S.T.A.C.K.

Cover it….. and You Own It

5 Steps to Building your Brand through Online Reputation Management

Large Format Thin Porcelain Tile Installation Methodology Improvement

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