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CONSTRUCTION 105: Basic Tile & Coping

Learning Objectives

  • Define preparation for tile, float, plus the tools of the trade including water levels, lasers, notch trowels, etc.
  • Identify materials, including porcelain and ceramic tile, mesh-mount tile, face-mounted tile, mortars, thinsets, grouts, and sealers.
  • Explain installation methods following standards produced by the TCNA.
  • Describe coping details and installation, expansion joints, sequence of installation.


This module shows the best practices for basic tile and coping installation following the guidelines of the Tile Council of North America. A proper installation should last decades but failure to follow the correct procedures will result in delaminations, cracking, and other problems. This module does not address glass tile or all-tile pools – those subjects are covered in CONSTRUCTION 305: Glass Tile Installation.

Time/ Credits

1:00 hrs


Greg Andrews

Co-founder of National Tile and Stone Authority, Inc.
Winnetka, Ca
(805) 341-5570

Greg Andrews

Greg Andrews is a nationally renowned and award-winning tile contractor and glass mosaic expert. Having completed some of the most intricate and detail-oriented pools in the country, he's well known for his mastery of pool tile installations. While keeping active in installations, Greg's focus in the past decade has gradually turned towards industry involvement in the form of teaching, lecturing, training and consulting. He also manages a Pool Tile Technical Committee through National Tile and Stone Authority, a consulting firm that he co-founded. This level of involvement keeps Greg connected with top tiered tile installers product manufacturers throughout the country, and up to date with the latest in product technology and installation techniques.


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