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First of all you need to determine what kind of tile to install? It needs to be slip resistant, and it needs to provide a relatively flat surface so no one trips. If you are in a freeze thaw area then the tile needs to be freeze thaw stable.

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Your engineer was basically saying that you have a high water table, meaning that the underground water is very close to the surface of the ground.

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It is possible to embed 12×12 inch ceramic tiles into a freshly poured concrete slab, but there are a lot factors to consider. It is recommended to let the concrete cure for 28 days before adhering the tile to it.

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In some cases you might be subjected to hydrostatic water pressure. That is when the water source is higher than your floor, which causes the water to come up through the floor.

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Generally speaking allowing the concrete to cure for 28 days allows it to achieve 90% cure and there is no significant shrinkage in the concrete after that in terms of installing ceramic tile over it.

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Current Industry Standards and Design Options by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA – TileLetter, May 2014, page 54– Industry standards state that all tile installations must have movement joints. If you don’t install movement joints, and there is some problem with the tile installation, then the fingers will be

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Reviewing Current Standards and Design Options by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA  – The Construction Specifier – Volume 66, Number 10, October 2013 – When there is a tile or stone failure, a contributing factor is often the lack of properly installed movement joints.  Just like concrete sidewalks and bridges, tile

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We are undertaking a large tile project on Florida and need your advice. We are laying concrete in a large enclosed area by building up the height with dirt/sand, then compressing the soil,digging/building footers, spraying for termites, then laying ribar.

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by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA – TileDealer, September/October 2007 – How to choose the most suitable substrate and installation system for ceramic and stone tile jobs. To avoid ceramic tile failures, glass tile failures, or stone failures it is important to use an appropriate substrate for the intended

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Cracks in Concrete Slab – I plan on having 18″ porcelain tile installed in my home over a concrete slab foundation. There are miner cracks in the foundation. I was told that the cracks will not cause my tile to crack because my house is 17 years old, and therefore, is through setteling. What is your opinion?

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