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Tile Subfloor: Deflection, Thickness, Common Substrates
Ethan | March 28, 2013
Tile Subfloor: Deflection, Thickness, Common Substrates

Tile Subfloor, Thickness, Deflection Installing Electric Radiant Heat Pouring Self Leveling Mortar Leveling (Flattening) the Subfloor Installing Cement Board (CBU) Installing Schluter DITRA Marking Guidelines for Tile How to Lay Tile How to Grout Tile JointsThere’s a lot of information (and mis-information) online about what constitutes a suitable subfloor for tile, and it’s tough to find a clear answer. The difficulty is that tile can be installed over a number of substrates, and each requires specific preparations... 

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How to Install Schluter DITRA Tile Underlayment
Ethan | March 18, 2013
How to Install Schluter DITRA Tile Underlayment

Tile Subfloor, Thickness, Deflection Installing Electric Radiant Heat Pouring Self Leveling Mortar Leveling (Flattening) the Subfloor Installing Cement Board (CBU) Installing Schluter DITRA Marking Guidelines for Tile How to Lay Tile How to Grout Tile JointsEven a perfectly level subfloor won’t guarantee a beautiful, long-lasting tile floor. Stresses between the concrete or wood subfloor can still cause tiles to crack and delaminate and for grout joints to crumble. For example, wood expands and contracts with seasonal changes.... 

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How to Level a Subfloor Before Laying Tile
Ethan | March 14, 2013
How to Level a Subfloor Before Laying Tile

Tile Subfloor, Thickness, Deflection Installing Electric Radiant Heat Pouring Self Leveling Mortar Leveling (Flattening) the Subfloor Installing Cement Board (CBU) Installing Schluter DITRA Marking Guidelines for Tile How to Lay Tile How to Grout Tile JointsBefore laying tile or installing a tile underlayment like Schluter DITRA, it’s important to check the subfloor to ensure a flat, even surface. At its worst, a very uneven floor will result in broken or loose tiles and cracked grout joints. Slightly uneven floors can cause... 

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Fred & Kim’s Basement, Quick Update
Ethan | March 8, 2013
Fred & Kim’s Basement, Quick Update

Progress in Fred & Kim’s basement is moving along. If you keep up with OPC on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the pictures of Jim and Rich from Diamond Tile. They are here and working on getting the floor ready for the big, 20″ x 20″ tile. Jim and Rich are about half way through flattening and installing Schluter Ditra throughout the basement, and it’s looking really good! Unfortunately, the tile delivery has been delayed so that’s a kink in the plan. If you’re just joining us on this Pro-Follow,... 

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How to Install or Replace an Exterior Door
Ethan | March 5, 2013
How to Install or Replace an Exterior Door

It’s time for another Pro-Follow update! If you’ve been following along, you know that Joe Bianco is in the process of remodeling Fred and Kim’s basement. Last time we left off, Joe brought in Dave and his mold sniffing dog, Sam, to detect any mold in the basement. It was a fascinating process, and I hope to bring you more with Dave and Sam in the near future. Since then, drywall has been hung in the basement, doors installed and most of the painting has been completed. I’m not focusing on these aspects of the remodel... 

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How to Detect Mold in Your House with Mold Sniffing Dogs
Ethan | February 20, 2013
How to Detect Mold in Your House with Mold Sniffing Dogs

Welcome back to our latest Pro-Follow update! If you’re a regular reader, you know that Fred and Kim have hired Joe Bianco to finish their basement, and one aspect of this remodel includes permanently fixing a leak created when the deck was installed. The contractor who built the deck didn’t properly flash (waterproof) it. Fred and Kim eventually discovered wet insulation, discolored wood and a dank smell around one of the windows in the basement. Needless to say, they are concerned about mold, and Fred and Kim want to be... 

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Fred & Kim’s Basement, Part 1
Ethan | February 19, 2013
Fred & Kim’s Basement, Part 1

Between traveling and coordinating schedules, our Pro-Follows have slowed down a little so I’m glad to finally be back on a job site with Joe Bianco. We’re kicking off another Pro-Follow series, and this basement should look familiar because it’s Fred and Kim’s basement. This is where we produced our spray foam insulation video and several other articles. You may be thinking that we’ve already covered a lot of basement projects and this Pro-Follow won’t offer anything new. Well think again because some... 

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How to Hang Wallpaper
Ethan | January 29, 2013
How to Hang Wallpaper

You all met Larry last week in our article about Painting Like a Pro, and I mentioned that Larry and his company also hang wall coverings. For today’s Pro-Follow I was back on a job site with Larry and his business partner Jim as they wallpapered two bathrooms in a model home. Larry explained that the demand for wallpaper fluctuates, and right now he’s seeing business pick up. Homeowners and designers are using more wallpaper and often as an accent wall.Materials Modern wallpaper is actually vinyl laminated to a fiber or... 

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How to Paint (Like a Pro)
Ethan | January 24, 2013
How to Paint (Like a Pro)

It’s good to be back on a Pro-Follow, and I’m pleased to introduce you to Larry Smith. Larry is a professional painter, and his company also installs wall coverings (wall paper, fabrics, etc.). Larry brings almost 40 years of experience in the industry, and I’m excited to be on a job site with him. If you live in Maryland and are need in of a painter or someone to install wallpaper or other wall coverings, give Larry a call at 443-250-4899. Today’s article is all about repainting an existing room, and it’s... 

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Total Kitchen Remodel Completed
Ethan | January 8, 2013
Total Kitchen Remodel Completed

With the break for the holidays, this kitchen remodel took several weeks to complete. However, it feels like it moved much quicker, and now Joe and his crews are adding the final touches before this project is completely finished. It was a lot of fun to see this kitchen come together, and the transformation was incredible. The new floor, cabinetry, kitchen hardware and countertops look beautiful, and I especially love the tile selection. The Pro-Follows born out of this kitchen remodel were fantastic, and it was great to get a contractors... 

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