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What causes Stress Fractures or Indent Fractures in Natural Stone?

ANSWER - We have seen this condition in marble before.  They are referred to as indent fracturing or stress fracturing veins.

You said that the veins went all the way through the stone, the…

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Why does my New Marble Floor make Creaking Sounds and is it a Defect?

ANSWER - Since the marble was installed over a wood sub-floor, which I assume was plywood, the creaking or squeaky sound is probably due to the plywood not being attached properly.   The plywood itself between…

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Questions about how to install a Granite Countertop

ANSWERS - First of all it is odd to have a 1/2" thick granite slab for a countertop.  Maybe you are installing 1/2" granite tiles?  Or maybe you mean you have a 3/4" thick granite?…

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Is spot bonding tile in showers an acceptable method of installing tile?

ANSWER - First of all, it is recommend per the industry standards the grout joint width should be at least 1/8" wide for larger tiles, and never less than 1/16" wide. Spot boding tile is…

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How do we install tile on a new concrete side walk?

ANSWER - 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…

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What is the acceptable amount of Tile Lippage for a Tile installed on a Wall with a 1/8" Grout Joint?

ANSWER - Tile lippage is the difference in height between two adjacent edges of tile, or of a crack or of a control joint in concrete. ANSI A108.02-2013, section 4.3.7 Lippage states that a ceramic…

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What causes our Tile to Squeak and What can we do to Stop it?

ANSWER - Normally Squeaking floors is caused by the plywood sub-floor not being well attached to its base and when you walk on that portion of the floor it moves, which causes the squeak sound.…

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What is the best tile to use to prevent Leaking?

ANSWER - Regardless of what type of tile you install over your garage, none of the installations will be waterproof unless you waterproof under the tile first. Some tiles are impervious such as glazed ceramic…

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Can I embed Ceramic Tile into a fresh Concrete Slab?

ANSWER - It is possible to embed 12x12 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…

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How can I find where the water is coming from in my Leaking Tiled Shower?

ANSWER - First of all if it was installed correctly you wouldn’t have a problem.  To fully figure it out I would have to perform a forensic intrusive inspection, which probably isn’t practical for a…

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