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This library is reviewed for trade practices to help define the Means - Methods - Techniques - Sequences - Procedures used in the construction assembly

I have developed a reference library that encompasses a wide range of topics by talented writers each with their own style and approach to tile and other general trade practices. It all adds up to an often similar but sometimes a little different approach to the task at hand. Differences are acceptable provided they follow industry standards

General construction knowledge is very important
In tile and general construction and architecture there are codes and regulations in each trade that become shared responsibility between various constructors on a project as different parties may play a part in various portions of the assembly . Another contractor’s due diligence may have an effect on your finished product.

Due diligence is required in knowing materials, products and methodology
A large portion of tile construction information is written in the installation standards or in a task specific guideline or in the manufacturer recommendations. This is a knowledgeable resource pool for the builder. therefore, any task or duty or method used can be understood by tile contractors and must be performed to the specific details required 


The tile expert is the courts authority on proper installation

A Tile Expert making a statement about the codes or industry standards that pertain to a construction defect must refer to the codes or standards prevailing at the time of construction.

A Tile Expert may be asked to prove the tile installation method is an acceptable procedure or not acceptable and a library of “How to” or trade instruction books helps provide that information

The Tile Expert maybe asked to provide information on common tile problems and a library of information on technical issues and tile problems is helpful

TECHNICAL LIBRARY CONTENT

Tile Codes and Documented Opinions 
    • Tile council of America handbook for ceramic tile installation
      • 2009, 08, 07, 06, 05, 2003-2004 etc.. publications  dating back 15 years
    • Marble institute of america  dimensional stone design manual version 6 (industry standards)
    • Marble institute of america  dimensional stone design manual version 7 (industry standards)
    • MARBLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA MANUALS: Stone Selection – Install of Res. Flooring – Interior Wall Cladding – Res. Countertop Install – Stone selection guide – Natural Stone Color Guide – Sample Kit for the Study of the Common Minerals of Dimension Stones
    • Building Stone Institute Best practices Manual
    • American national standard specifications for installation of ceramic tile -1999
    • American national standard specifications for installation of ceramic tile – 2006
    • American national standard specifications for installation of ceramic tile - 2008
    • American national standard specifications for installation of ceramic tile – 2009
    • ANSI A-136.1 (1992)       ANSI A-137.1(2008)
    • Materials & Methods standards association   (mmsa)
      • bulletins prepared to promote standards of quality and performance
    • Specifications for architectural granite.  nationals building granite quarries assoc.
    • A list of world marbles ( a historical document) marble institute of America
    • A list of world marbles ( a historical document) marble institute of America
    • Architectural graphic standards   American institute of architecture   ramsey
    • Specification guide 09300 tile installation manual   t.t.m.a.c. Canada
    • Ceramic tile institute of America field reports ( 1964-2009) 
    • Ceramic tile institute manual 1979 1st edition and1986 edition, - c.t.i. tile manual 1991 edition
    • California contractors license law and reference book 2000 and 2006
    • Uniform building code 2006
    • Uniform plumbing code 2006
    • International building code 2006
    • International RESIDENTIAL code 2006
TILE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COURSES 
    • California department of education 1987
      • Tilesetting workbook, test book 
      • California introduction to apprenticeship 1973
    • Oklahoma department of vocational education and  Tile council of America 1983 
      • installation of ceramic tile residential thin-set methods
    • national tile contractor association reference  manual  ( a trade bible on technical information)
    • national tile contractor association "apprenticeship program"  manuals 1,1a  2,2a  3,3a
    • national tile contractor association  "craft training for the professionals"
      • Toweling and caulking
      • math layout and construction drawings
      • SAFETY ORIENTATION AND POLICIES
      • TRIM SHAPES PRODUCT ID
      • ORIENTACION PARA LOS ELPLEADO
ARTICLES WRITTEN BY TILE TRADE SPECIALIST
  • ( 100'S OF ARTICLES)
TILE INSTALLATION "THE HOW TO BOOKS" 
    • tiling the installation handbook Edward r. lipinski
    • ceramic tile , selecting installing maintence creative homeowner
    • step by step tiling projects better homes and gardens
    • Mosaics materials, methods to install Doris and Diane lee aller
    • designer's guide to Italian ceramic tile & their installation Italian tile center of Italy
    • how to install ceramic tile ortho
    • tile remodeling handbook sunset
    • working with tile sunset
    • ceramic tile essentials quick steps black decker
    • remodeling with tile sunset
    • all about tile basics ortho
    • tile floors installing maintence and repairing ramsey
    • SETTING CERAMIC TILE MICHAEL BYRNES
    • CERAMIC TILE SETTING BRIDGES
    • CERAMIC TILE      HOMETIME
    • TILING CASSELL
    • Concrete Countertops fu-tung cheng
TECHNICAL REFERENCE BOOKS
    • CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS INSTITUTE MANUAL OF PRACTICE / PROJECT RESOURCES MANUAL
    • construction, principles materials & methods olin
    • code check plumbing, irc and upc plumbing codes
    • THE INTERIOR DESIGN BUSINESS HANDBOOK
    • stone maintenance & restoration manual. Fred Huston
    • STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE FOR STONE Fred Huston NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR STONE
    • CARING FOR YOUR CERAMIC FLOOR Fred Huston NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR STONE
    • CARING FOR YOUR MARBLE FLOOR Fred Huston NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR STONE
    • CARING FOR YOUR LIMESTONE FLOOR Fred Huston NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR STONE
    • GROUT SELECTING CLEANING REPAIRING COLORING Fred Huston
    • kitchens and baths 1-2-3 home depot
    • framing basics Rick peters
    • rough framing currie
    • finish carpenters manual tolpin
    • paint contractors manual matis and toole
    • before you hire a contractor gonzalez
    • REMODELING YOUR BATHROOM GALVIN
    • STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO HOME WIRING MCREYNOLDS
MOISTURE AND CONCRETE AND MORTAR
    • Moisture control handbook joseph lstiburek  
    • Troubleshooting concrete Floor problems - AMERICAN CONCRETE INSTITUTE - jerry holland 
    • concrete floors and moisture - howard m. kanare - PORTLAND CEMENT ASSOCIATION
    • MASONRY & CONCRETE WORK MAX ALTH
JOB COSTING, ESTIMATION AND BIDDING 
    • American contractor  computer program for contractors
    • Estimating in Building construction
    • square foot and assemblies estimating methods r.s.  means
    • BUILDING ESTIMATING AND CONTRACTING AMERICAN TECHNICAL SOCIETY
INSPECTION AND QUALITY CONTROL
    • REGISTERED CONSTRUCTION INSPECTORS RULES AND REGULATIONS  A.C.I.A.
    • construction inspection manual construction specifications institute
    • American concrete institute manual of concrete inspection
    • American concrete institute, troubleshooting concrete floor problems  ACI
    • PRACTICAL QUALITY CONTROL FOR CONCRETE WADDELL
    • reducing risk and liability through better specifications and inspection asce
    • the quest for quality  view on responsibility and liability  asce 
    • who provides inspection asce
    • field inspection handbook dan Brock
    • construction inspection handbook  o'brian
    • your home inspection guide william  ventolo 
    • the techniques and psychology of construction inspection  moore 
    • THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HOME INSPECTION BECKER 
    • dispute avoidance and resolution for consulting engineers  allen
DESIGN, ART AND TILE HISTORY BOOKS
    • Dutch tiles Philadelphia museum of art
    • dutch tile  c.h.  de jonge
    • DUTCH TILES KORF
    • TILE PANELS OF SPAIN ALICE WILSON FROTHINGHAM
    • tile art  the history of decorative ceramic tile noel riley 
    • Victorian ceramic tiles Christie's south Kensington collectiors series julian barnard
    • the decorative tradition julian barnard
    • the decorated tile history of English tile-making and design  j&b austwick
    • tiles  a general history  ann berendsen 
    • MINTON TILES 1835 - 1935 STOKE ON TRENT-CITY MUSEUM-ART GALLERY
    • william de Morgan tiles  Jon  catleugh
    • tiles a collector's guide  hans van lemmen
    • DECORATIVE TILE THROUGHOUT THE AGES  hans van lemmen
    • VICTORIAN ORNAMENTAL DESIGN STUART DURANT
    • TILES FOR A BEAUTIFUL HOME (English) TESSA PAUL
    • VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM HMSO BOOKS GOVERMENT PUBLICATION
    • decorating with marble stone & granite  catalogue of styles and materials  christine parsons
    • marble the history of a culture  luciana and Tiziano mannoni
    • marbling how to techniques spencer
    • MARBLE IN SEMI-PUBLIC BUILDINGS  (1928)  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARBLE DEALERS
    • LAPIDARY EQUIPTMENT
    • A GUIDE TO ROCKS AND MINERALS AND GEMS A GOLDEN NATURE GUIDE
    • ALL ABOUT ROCKS AND MINERALS  ANNE TERRY WHITE 
    • HOW TO MAKE CERAMICS GERTRUDE ENGEL
    • Tunisian mosaics  carthage in the roman era  Smithsonian institution
    • MANUAL OF MOSAIC VAN NOSTRAND REINHOLD / HASWELL
    • MAKING MOSAICS  EDMOND ARVOIS
    • GAUDI TEXTO: LE CORBUSIER
    • antoni gaudi  rainer zerbst  taschen 
    • antoni gaudi the complete buildings  rainer zerbst
    • THE ART TILE GALLERY CANDY TILES
    • ceramic art tile for the home  schiffer
    • ideas for great tile  sunset
    • a portfolio of ceramic and natural tile ideas 
    • the tile book  Elizabeth  hillard
    • ceramic tile in 20th century america  john j. sekora  tile contractors assoc
    • american art tile 1876 - 1941  norman karlson
    • Catalina tile  of the magic isle lee Rosenthal
    • MALIBU TILE CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM
    • zanesville art tile  (IN color) EVAN AND LOUISE  PURVIANCE
    • ZANESVILLE DECORATIVE TILE E. STANLEY WIRES
    • DECO BY THE BAY MICHAEL F. CROWE
    • ART DECO DESIGNS (IN COLOR) BENEDICTUS
    • DECORATIVE TILE DESIGNS ( 2000 YRS OF DESIGN IN FULL COLOR) CAROL BELANGER GRAFTON
    • COUNTRY FLOORS DECORATING WITH TILE  ROSLYN  SIEGEL
    • COUNTRY FLOORS
    • WALKER ZANGER
    • THE 1938 BOOK OF SMALL HOUSES ARCHITECTURAL FORUM
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