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Spotlight: Maine Modern Tile, LLC

Spotlight: Maine Modern Tile, LLC

Contractors Direct is spotlighting companies on a monthly basis that we work with that have inspirational stories and services. This month, Contractors Direct sat down with Katie Marcotte, who is the project manager and co-owner with husband Eric at Maine Modern Tile, LLC

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November 6, 2022
Spotlight: Argo Tile and Stone

Spotlight: Argo Tile and Stone

We look forward to spotlighting companies with inspirational stories and services that we work with. This October 2022, Contractors Direct sat down with California-based Sal Azzolino of Argo Tile and Stone to learn more about his services, inspirations and family history in the business.

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October 19, 2022
How Much Concrete Do I Need

How Much Concrete Do I Need

Whether you're pouring a driveway or sidewalk, laying the foundation for a shed or garage, or creating an outdoor kitchen, understanding how much concrete you need is critical. Get the information you need to make the best decision here.

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August 8, 2022
A Beginner’s Guide to Lawn Care & Equipment: Tips, Advice & More

A Beginner’s Guide to Lawn Care & Equipment: Tips, Advice & More

Maintaining a beautiful lawn requires time, discipline, and a few specialized tools.

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July 8, 2022
Ultimate Guide to Concrete Power Tools

Ultimate Guide to Concrete Power Tools

Explore our ultimate guide to concrete power tools, including a complete list of tools

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July 7, 2022
Types of Generators:The Complete Guide

Types of Generators:The Complete Guide

When contractors and construction site workers need power for their tools on the job site and plugging into utilities is not an option, the most convenient solution is the generator.

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April 7, 2022
What Is Core Drilling? The Ultimate Guide

What Is Core Drilling? The Ultimate Guide

Concrete core drilling, or simply core drilling, is the name of an essential precision concrete cutting technique. Core drilling allows you to cut holes into any concrete, brick, or paved surface, including floors and walls.

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March 23, 2022
4 Types of Saws & How to Use Them

4 Types of Saws & How to Use Them

Contractor work involves knowing how to use various tools and equipment, including saws. Every contractor or DIY enthusiast needs to know how to recognize the different types of saws available. Each type of saw is suited for different jobs and applications, and each operates differently.

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March 21, 2022
An Expert’s Guide on How to Tile a Shower Niche Without a Bullnose

An Expert’s Guide on How to Tile a Shower Niche Without a Bullnose

A shower niche is a recess in one of your bathroom’s walls, typically the one facing your shower or bathtub. Shower niches form a natural storage shelf resembling a cubby-hole, ideal for your shampoo, soap, conditioner, and other bathroom essentials.

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March 18, 2022
An Expert’s Guide on How to Use a Manual Tile Cutter

An Expert’s Guide on How to Use a Manual Tile Cutter

Are you looking to start a DIY tiling project? A manual tile cutter is one of the most valuable tools at your disposal. This relatively simple tool is reasonably priced and does not require electricity or water, minimizing your utility bills.

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March 14, 2022
Can You Tile over Tile? The Ultimate Tell-All

Can You Tile over Tile? The Ultimate Tell-All

For most tiling projects, you need to start from a fresh surface, so re-tiling your floor requires removing the old ones first, which is a challenging and time-consuming process. If your floor needs an update, you may have asked yourself, “Can you tile over tile and save time and effort?”

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March 11, 2022
10 Best Masonry Tools

10 Best Masonry Tools

When performing construction work, whether you’re building, repairing, restoring, or maintaining, you need the right set of tools for the job.

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March 7, 2022
All You Need to Know About Tile Adhesive

All You Need to Know About Tile Adhesive

Porcelain, ceramic, and stone tiles are popular in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements, where traction and water-resistance are essential. During the tile installation process, your choice of adhesive is essential to the longevity and durability of your tilework.

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March 4, 2022
How to Install Tile Edge Trim

How to Install Tile Edge Trim

Tile trim is a type of finish that you can apply to a tiled area to produce clean lines and protect tile edges from being damaged following installation. Without tile trim, the edges remain exposed and may chip or crack from impacts.

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February 28, 2022
Tiling over Tiles: Pros & Cons

Tiling over Tiles: Pros & Cons

When planning home renovation work involving room re-tiling, one of the decisions you’ll need to make is whether to simply tile over the existing tile floors and walls without removing the old tiles first. Although this approach to re-tiling a room has many advantages.

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February 25, 2022
The Ultimate Guide to Tile Restoration

The Ultimate Guide to Tile Restoration

In bathrooms and kitchens, millions of homes have wall and floor tiles, which are typically square or rectangular ceramic or porcelain panels sealed with grout. While tiles are designed to last for years, they can crack or become discolored and damaged over time.

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February 21, 2022
How to Choose Trowel Size for Tile

How to Choose Trowel Size for Tile

A tile trowel, also called a notched trowel, is your primary tool when laying tiles. But if you don’t know what you’re looking for, a trip through the hardware store may leave you confused. There are different types of notched trowels in what seems like an endless array of sizes.

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February 14, 2022
What Is a Grout Float? Everything You Need to Know

What Is a Grout Float? Everything You Need to Know

If you’re familiar with the concrete trowel but not the grout float, you may be forgiven for thinking they are the same tool. After all, both tools are similar in appearance; however, they have very different applications, making it essential to learn the difference.

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February 7, 2022
What Is the Best Blade for Cutting Porcelain Tile?

What Is the Best Blade for Cutting Porcelain Tile?

When shopping for blades for your tile saw, the first thing most people notice is the variety of blade options available. Although you can get away with specific blades for cutting multiple materials, porcelain and ceramics require special attention.

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January 31, 2022
What Is the Best Tile Leveling System?

What Is the Best Tile Leveling System?

When installing ceramic or porcelain tiles, either on walls or as flooring, you have to avoid lippage. Lippage is a misalignment between tiles following the installation process. This is a costly mistake due to uneven surfacing, which can ruin a DIY project.

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January 24, 2022