Tec Skill Set Blog

DIFM vs DIY. Which is the fit for your skill level? Part 1

28 Oct
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
DIFM vs DIY. Which is the fit for your skill level?
“Should I hire someone to do the job for me or should I do it myself?” Whether it’s installing new shingles on the roof, building a deck, or installing a backsplash - every homeowner has asked themselves this question. Depending on the skill level, DIY tasks can be quite an undertaking in time, money, equipment, and effort. Which brings us back to the question, should you hire someone to Do-it-For-Me (DIFM) or Do-It-Yourself (DIY)?
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How to Tile a Floor – Pre-Project Planning Infographic

26 Aug
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
How to Tile a Floor – Pre-Project Planning Infographic
When it comes to a tile floor installation, it is important to create a plan and to have all the appropriate materials before you start a tiling project. Use this infographic as a checklist for required materials for your tile floor installation, as well as a guide for preparing the floor and applying mortar and grout.
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4 Ways to Help Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

24 Aug
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
4 Ways to Help Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home | TEC® Skill Set™
Have you noticed your family’s been coughing and sneezing more than usual inside your home? Perhaps your eyes, nose, and throat have been irritated lately? Before pointing fingers at outdoor allergens or your dog, it might be worth considering whether your indoor air quality is to blame. Often, the amount of dust, dirt, and debris that accumulates in the home is the culprit.
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How to Achieve One-of-a-Kind Marine Carpet Installations

02 Aug
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
How to Achieve One-of-a-Kind Marine Carpet Installations
Installing carpet on your boat deck is a job that can completely change the look of your boat. In order to achieve the ultimate end product, you’re going to need to pay attention to detail and commit to a bit of hard work. Here are some basics for successful marine carpet installations.
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Tile Trends for Outdoor Installations

17 Jun
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
outdoor tile installation trends
It’s all about the great outdoors! The outdoor living trends that started to take hold several years back continue to remain strong into 2015. Spa features and swimming pools are expected to top the charts for most popular recreational amenities for 2015.
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4 ways to avoid mortar missteps

22 Jul
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
How to use tile mortar
Today’s home improvement stores offer more mortar options than ever before – for virtually any tile and subfloor combination. However, manufacturers still haven’t come up with a mortar that installs itself! Review these four basic – but crucial – mortaring fundamentals for a professional-looking and long-lasting tile installation.
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Tips for selecting tile installation tools

11 Jun
As you began planning your tile project, you probably realized that your local home improvement store, like Lowe's, has a seemingly endless variety of installation tools. Don’t let these options overwhelm you – or your wallet! Use this guide to carefully select a few high-quality tools that will serve you well during this installation and future projects.
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