The appeal of a marble shower is quite understandable. Marble is beautiful and timeless. So, why would anyone frown on putting natural stone in your home? As a contractor, I get asked about putting marble and other natural stones in bathrooms quite often. In fact, it's quite common for a … [Read more...] about How bad of an idea is a marble shower?
You want to know which notched trowel to use for your tile project. The boxes of tile that you buy usually don’t tell you which trowel to use with them. Consequently, I get asked about trowel sizes quite a bit. Finding the instructions on the trowels or the bags of thinset is a hopeless … [Read more...] about Trowel Size Matters: Which trowel size do I use for …?
Self-leveling underlayment. It sounds soooooo easy, doesn't it? You simply pour the leveling cement over the floor and the product then just levels itself all on its own. Sort of like...magic, right? Self-leveling underlayment is not what it seems Self-leveling underlayment is, quite … [Read more...] about Self-Leveling Underlayment: The Ultimate Guide
Flood testing a shower pan. I get several calls per year about showers that are leaking. Some of these showers are leaking after just a few years. Some, just a few weeks after they've been built. I estimate that those calls could probably be cut in half if this one simple step were done. … [Read more...] about Flood testing a shower pan: Why it’s done and how to do it
Recently, I purchased the Delta Cruzer 7-inch tile saw (96-107). Having been a Dewalt D24000 owner for the last several years, I find it natural to compare the new Delta with the Dewalt. "But, is that really fair? A 7-inch saw vs a 10-inch? Why not compare apples-to-apples?" On the surface, … [Read more...] about Delta Cruzer 7-inch Tile Saw vs Dewalt D24000 | Tool Review
I get it. Nobody gets excited about moving into an old, outdated house. Additionally, why would you want to go through the trouble of moving and then having to live through a renovation or even multiple renovations?! But, hear me out on this. There's a dark side to purchasing newly … [Read more...] about Why You Should NOT Buy a Newly Remodeled Home
Cement board installation is not something that is incredibly difficult. I think most people worry about how to cut it and once they have a plan for that then they think it'll be a breeze. But I've seen these screw-ups for several years now. It's the same ones over and over. Which … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Screw Up your Cement Board Installation on Floors
I am pleased to introduce a guest author for this post: Ben Santos. I've been approached before about using guest authors but it's never been the right fit. As you'll see, Ben has a very candid writing style and he's a star on video as well. So I hope you enjoy this post and be sure to check out … [Read more...] about Working Clean | Tile Tip | Guest Post
Coverings Atlanta Recap Coverings is the biggest trade show in the tile industry. This is where I look forward to seeing new and innovative products released. Well, this year, there were 4 new tile installation products that I thought deserved mention. I'll list them in the order that I think … [Read more...] about 4 New Tile Installation Products Released at Coverings
How to Install GoBoard Tile Backer Board It's time to work on DIY'ing your tile shower and you're not looking forward to working with the dreaded cement board again. It's dusty, crumbly, and hard to start screws into. Not to mention how heavy it is. Sure, there are waterproof foam backer … [Read more...] about How to Install GoBoard Tile Backer Board | Video