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By Donato Pompo, CTC, CSI, CDT, MBA – TileLetter, March 2016, page 90 – Curbless showers are showers without a raised shower dam as is traditionally found in tiled showers. Initially, curbless showers were necessary to facilitate shower access by wheelchair users, particularly in public facilities like hotels and hospitals.

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By Donato Pompo, CTC, CSI, CDT, MBA – TileLetter, March 2016, page 46– Tile lippage is the vertical displacement between two adjacent tiles of a ceramic, glass, or stone tile installation. Excessive lippage can lead to a number of problems: the edge of the tile with excessive lippage can have a

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By Donato Pompo, CTC, CSI, CDT, MBA – TileLetter, February 2016, page 46– Tile lippage is the vertical displacement between two adjacent tiles of a ceramic, glass, or stone tile installation. Excessive lippage can lead to a number of problems: the edge of the tile with excessive lippage can have a

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What is acceptable (and how do you specify it)? by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA – The Construction Specifier August 2015 – Excessive tile lippage can be avoided with quality architectural specifications that include adequate testing and quality control processes.  It is typically due to a combination of

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by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA – Floor Covering Installer, July/August 2015 – As is true for so many products, ceramic tile, glass tile and stone are only as good as how they are installed. For that reason it is important tile installers know and keep up with industry

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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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Understanding the Importance of Slope, Weeps, and Flashing by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA  – TileLetter, January 2014 – Interior wet areas are more prone to problems due to their exposure to large volumes of water. Failures of these areas are typically due to a combination of installer

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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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by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA  – TADA Online July 26, 2013-  Hollow sounding tiles in an installed tile application may or may not mean there is a problem.   A tile installation can sound hollow for a number of reasons and the only way for sure to determine if

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Understanding the importance of slope, weeps, and flashing by Donato Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA  – The Construction Specifier, Volume 66, Number 5, May 2013 – Exterior decks and balconies, and interior wet areas are more prone to problems due to their exposure to large volumes of water.  Failures of

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