Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Project Award; Kroger Toledo

Midwest Mosaic just received a contract from a General Contractor out of Chicago to provide (furnish and install) tile in a local area Kroger store.  The project covers two pairs of multiple occupant washrooms, floors and walls, plus patch work related to the GC's operations elsewhere inside the store.  With a fast track schedule, Kroger Toledo will provide the crew at Mosaic with just over 30 man days of work in the next two months.  
On this project, which is but one store of Kroger's larger within-the-walls re-imaging program, the Cincinnati supermarket conglomerate sources its tile from Pantheon Tile out of Carrolton, TX.  

Mosaic obtained the work through its plan and spec marketing efforts on the BidClerk network, of which Mosaic only recently joined.  Look for an upcoming post about Plan and Spec Marketing 101.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

How To Modify Linear Drain for Rubber Pan Liner System

For those of you who, like me, prefer 40-mil PVC rubber waterproofing liner, a-la TCNA B-414/415 as their shower waterproofing system of choice, because it is tried and true and less expensive than membrane alternatives, and you want to use one of the awesome new linear drains from Schluter (Schluter Line) or Noble (Freestyle) which work so well with large format tile and slab shower floors, but are designed to integrate with their pricey proprietary membranes and are damage prone by virtue of their position within the floor section, here is a video which shows you how to modify the drain to work with a PVC clamping ring.

Disclaimers: No Schluters or Nobles were hurt in the making of this film, but do not expect either firm to give you a product warranty by following this how-to.  You are on your own, but then haven't we always been on our own with TCNA B414/415.  So far, so good.

Disclosure: I am friends with both these firms. I buy lots of their products and you should too.  But I'm not about to put my waterproofing on top of a shower floor section. (too risky for me)

Happy Tiling!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Quote from IRS Auditor

"The trick is to stop thinking of it as "your" money." 
-IRS Auditor