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updated tue 8 aug 00


priddy on sun 6 aug 00

I see. =

I also have found massive differences in quality of tile from place to pl=
and country of origin. =

When I was describing a tile bat system, I wanted to mention the best typ=
e of
tile to choose, but I didn't because I can't find that kind any more. I =
italian 1/4 inch indoor outdoor patio tiles. They are perfect and I got =
at a home center on clearance ten years ago. I didn't save the box being=

inexperienced with the quality issues of tile and don't know where I can =
any more. Lucky for me, the 60 I bought are still going strong and I hav=
found that bisque tiles you buy to paint on work fine, but break more eas=

Since I don't do the type of work you do, I don't face your problems, but=
understand. Perhaps Jonathan Kaplan could do a better job than the comme=
tile companys for individual tile needs. I don't know if he makes tile, =
but I
bet if he did, they would not have the problems you describe. =

Which comes around to product design and quality craftmanship and fabrica=
again, doesn't it.

The assortment of tile for the general home owner to buy and make their
splashpan out of is much better than it was ten years ago, though. It is=

still not where I would go to get tile to look at three times a day every=
but it is servicable. And most of them aren't going to be refiring it, y=
hope. I think it is apples and oranges. =

I think you hit it on the head when you said that the dearth of tile is w=
will keep you in business. I think you have the job security we all crav=

Best to you and thanks for keeping the quality standard =

phenomenally higher than Lowe's!


respectfully submitted,
elizabeth priddy

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