TRADE TESTIMONIALS

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LATICRETE INTERNATIONAL
1 Laticrete Park North
Bethany, CT 06524
USA

Telephone: (203) 393-0010
Web:
www.laticrete.com
May 25, 2010

Re: Installation of Large Module Tile & Stone with the Tuscan Leveling System & Laticrete

Our Laticrete Technical Service Team has taken a close look at the Tuscan Leveling System.
We are pleased to recommend the Tuscan Leveling System to reduce or eliminate lippage and provide “smooth, plumb & true” Installations of Large Module Tile & Stone.

Our recommended Laticrete materials for use with the Tuscan Leveling System include:

Thinbed & Medium Bed method:

Laticrete 4237 / 211 Latex Thinset adhesive mortar for thin & medium bed installations

Laticrete 254 Platinum Thinset mortar for thin bed installations

Laticrete 220 Marble & Granite Mortar for thin & medium bed installations

Laticrete 4-XLT for thin & medium bed installations

Laticrete Sure Set Thinset mortar for “no back buttering required” thin bed installations

Spot Bond Method:

Latapoxy 310 Epoxy Adhesive for spot bonding large format tile and stone on vertical surfaces

When tile and stone is installed using the Tuscan Leveling System with Laticrete system materials, the installation will be covered with a Laticrete comprehensive labor and materials warranty. For technical support, answers to installation questions and information on how to obtain a full Laticrete system warranty covering replacement of labor and materials contact Laticrete Technical Support: 800.243.4788 ext. 235, or +1.203.393.0010 ext. 235, email
technicalservices@laticrete.com or visit
www.laticrete.com.

Sincerely Yours,

Henry B. Rothberg
VP, Training
Laticrete International


“Want to install tile fast that’s plumb & true with no lippage ….?
Think Tuscan Leveling System. Fast, productive & profitable to use."

-Henry Rothberg
LATICRETE Senior Vice-President

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May 6, 2010

RE: MAPEI Product Recommendations for use with the Tuscan Leveling System

MAPEI is pleased to offer the following products to be used with the Tuscan Leveling System to help create a lippage free tile installation system. Each MAPEI product has been thoroughly tested and approved by MAPEI Technical Services and will help ensure a problem free installation for large format Tile and Stone.

MAPEI recommended mortars for use with Tuscan Leveling Systems;

For Thin-Set and Medium Bed Methods:
Granirapid System - Premium, Rapid Setting Two-component Mortar
Ultraflex LFT – Specially Designed for Large Format Tile
Ultraflex 3 – Premium, latex-modified Mortar
Ultracontact or Ultracontact RS (rapid set) - does not require additional “back-buttering” of Tile or Stone.
Ultralite – light weight, non-sag Mortar

For Thin-Set Method
Keralastic / Kerabond System - exceptional bond strength, flexural strength, and elongation

MAPEI products installed using the Tuscan Leveling system qualifies for the MAPEI “Best Backed” Warranty Program.

Please visit our website at
www.mapei.us or contact MAPEI Technical Services for additional product or warranty information.

Respectfully,
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Don L. Miller, CSI, CDT, CTC
Sr. Tile and Stone Consultant / Architectural Support
MAPEI Corporation

MAPEI Corp.
1144 East Newport Center Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Phone (954) 246-8595
Fax (954) 246-8805

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March 8, 2011

RE: Tuscan Lippage-Free Leveling System

Contact - Tuscan Leveling System, 100 West Burlington Ave., Fairfield, Iowa 52556, USA Phone: 1-312-212-3505
info@tuscanleveling.com.

Custom Building Products® is pleased to recommend our systems of products with the use of the Tuscan Lippage-Free Leveling System for the installation of large tile & stone formats.

The recommended mortars are as follows:

For Medium Bed and Thinset installations:
• Marble & Granite Fortified Premium Mortar
• Medium Bed Mortar mixed with Thin-Set Mortar Admix
• MegaLite
® Rapid Setting Crack Prevention Mortar
• MegaLite
® Crack Prevention Mortar
• ProLite
® Rapid Setting Tile and Stone Mortar
• ProLite
® Tile & Stone Mortar
• Complete Contact™ RS Fortified Mortar
• Complete Contact
® Fortified Mortar

For Thinset installations:
• MegaFlex® Crack Prevention Mortar
• FlexBond
® Crack Prevention Mortar

Custom Building Products are fully warranted when used with the Tuscan Leveling System. For installation instructions for the system, follow guidelines listed at the following website address
http://www.tuscanleveling.com/Install_Guides/Install_Guides.html and recognized industry methods.

For additional information regarding the use of Custom Building Products, please visit our website at
www.custombuildingproducts.com or contact Technical Services at 800-282-8786.

Best Regards,
Mike Micalizzi, CTC
Director, Technical Services
Custom Building Products
562-391-2742 direct/fax
mmicalizzi@cbpmail.net
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Miramar, June 28, 2010


Trend USA endorses the Tuscan Leveling System


Trend USA has always been a supporter of new ideas and systems that can make your installation faster and better.

The Tuscan Leveling System,
www.tuscanleveling.com, is one of those innovations.

It allows for a perfect installation of large format tiles without lippage and in considerable less time compared to a regular installation.

We have been amazed by the effectiveness and efficiency of this system and we have recommended it for all the installation of our tiles.

If you have not tried it you should.

Marcello Becchi
Director of Business Development
Trend USA ltd
10360 USA Today Way
Miramar, FL 33025


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Tuscan Leveling System at COVERINGS headquarters Chicago


“As a flooring contractor for over thirty years, I have seen all kinds of new tools and devices coming down the pike trying to improve the quality and ease of the installations in this business. Few new innovations ever impressed me as much as the Tuscan Leveling System. This remarkable system will revolutionize the installation of marble, granite, porcelain - especially in large format installations were the installation is more difficult then a standard 12x12 tile. By using the Tuscan Leveling System we have almost eliminated callbacks.

I came to know this system when one of our flooring contractors showed it to me one day at our facility. As soon as I saw it I was floored, (pun intended) by the ease of installation, the professional results, and the speed at which the job was completed. It has made my life much easier because when we start a job using the Tuscan Leveling System, I know we will get professional results - even if we use an installer that is not the most experienced.”


Robert Sawyer V.P.
Sales and Technical Service Director
Creative Edge Corporation
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Mosaic installation with Tuscan Leveling System at COVERINGS headquarters Chicago

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Pictures courtesy Creative Edge Corporation.


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Creative Edge, Tuscan Leveling System

"This was the first time this installer had ever used your levelers. He and the Hotel owner were very impressed. The Hotel owner was worried that using tile, with this complicated of a design, there might be an issue with lippage. These were in front of the elevators and he had concerns that the rollers on the luggage would make to much noise rolling across the tile. We had assured  both of them that they had nothing to worry about. It was as smooth as glass. Thanks for making us look good. I recommend your product to be use on all our work".

Robert Sawyer V.P., Sales and Technical Service Director
Creative Edge Corporation • 601 S. 23rd Street • Fairfield, IA 52556
Phone: 800-394-8145 •
http://www.cec-waterjet.com


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Jeju International Airport in Korea with Tuscan Leveling System

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“Rolling bags on a smooth floor is important for the ease and safety of airport
travelers, which is why we choose the best, the Tuscan Leveling System”.

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Pictures courtesy of ‘The Stone Doctor’ Kwangju, Korea


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“It works great, it actually does exactly as advertised”.

"Recently I was asked my opinion of the Tuscan Leveling System and to tell of my experiences with it. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share information with fellow installers and even the occasional Do-It-Yourselfer that may benefit from use of the product. The truth is, there is not a lot one can say about the Tuscan Leveling System except to say, It works great, it actually does exactly as advertised. Since introduced to the Tuscan Leveling System a few years ago I have had occasions to use the system several times. Each time I feel the job was completed faster and with more perfection than would have been possible using my old method. Each time I use the product I get a good feeling of confidence that I have produced a job to be proud of. I have learned to always have the Tuscan product available on my truck primarily for the installation of the trouble spots that so-often arise without warning. As everyone knows it doesn’t matter how diligently you appraise or prepare a jobs sub straight there are always some areas that jump out to grab you when you least expect them. Areas that will cause lippage in a large format tile installation. Tuscan Leveling System is the quick and professional answer to those issues. I like the system and think it makes perfect sense, why didn’t it come along a long time ago?" Bud Cline Installing Tile Since 1976


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Using Schluter Systems Ditra mats with the Tuscan Leveling System.

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“The Tuscan Leveling System has saved me time, money and the aggravation that comes with trying to achieve a lippage free floor. It leaves me with a lippage free floor or walls that my clients can be proud of.”

“The thing I really like is, that it eliminates having to keep pulling up tiles and putting thinset under them to get them level. In addition, my tiles were lippage free. I will say that the Tuscan Leveling System will more then double your square footage at the end of the day and give you a better looking job too. Some may balk at the price of the system, to me it is an investment that will more then pay for its self after a few jobs. The system will give you better results, which means more jobs down the road. If you do not invest in the Tuscan Leveling System, then your losing time and money.”

Bruce Guardado
22years in the trade
Shenandoah, VA



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"My crew is sold on the new Tuscan SeamClips!''

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"Here are a few shots of another current project in Downtown Naples. It is an old condo unit with a really bad slab. Our prep was critical, but the floor is going to be flawless. My installation crew on this job is the same as the 24 x 48 job and they are sold on the Tuscan SeamClips.''
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No tools needed to install!

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The removal was a breeze!

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Love that reflection!.

"In my opinion, the clips are a better product than the cap and strap."


The team had used the Tuscan caps and straps, but the Tuscan SeamClips™ were new to them. It was a matter of minutes until the crew was almost "giddy". The installation is incredible! When you look across the floor to the Gulf of Mexico, it is hard to distinguish the tile from the flat Gulf water. Really, this floor is as flat as water! Decorator, General Contractor, and most of all, customer are ecstatic.

I am third generation with 48 years of personal experience and growth in the industry and based on the use of the Tuscan SeamClips™ on my actual large, high end projects, I can recommend this product providing the installer follows proper installation practices. It has proven to be a tool that increases speed and quality.

- Tom Dardis

Another Tuscan SeamClip™ job with 24'' x 24'' 3/8'' porcelain tile.

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Tom Dardis CGP, CAPS
ProFloors
Flooring America Where Friends Send Friends
NAHB Certified Green Building Professional
NAHB Certified Aging In Place Specialist
CBIA Remodelers Council Chairman 2012
Certified in Materials & Methods of Installation Technology
Certified in Waterproof Shower Installation Technology
Certified in Waterproof Deck Installation Technology
Fee Consultant
239-784-2438 cell
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"My partner builds commercially for shopping centers and he is converted! We will be using this system in our large format commercial jobs and will never do a floor again without this ingenious strap and cap system."

"We recently completed a 1.4 Million Dollar renovation and had just two weeks to install approximately 3,00O square feet of engineered large format tile. We are modern design builders, often doing renovations to be showcased or broadcast on HGTV. This design used a sustainable high fired ceramic tile from FLOOR GRES ITALIA and there was no room for mistakes. Our grout lines had to be 1/32 of an inch, and our floor base was not perfect. Michele Volponi directed his team including some of our tile installers who had NEVER used the TUSCAN LEVELING SYSTEM- the results were astonishing, as was the speed of the install.

Our floors are perfect- with ABSOLUTELY NO LIPPAGE. The tight grout lines and the flat even install gives the massive one slab look modern Italian look I was trying to achieve. The TUSCAN system was also used vertically on a large 10ft by 15 ft wall incorporating a fireplace, the result and the time frame again was not to be believed, two weeks and three days we had the entire job including FOUR bathrooms FINISHED. Well worth the small additional cost per square foot which we included in our install estimate.

Congratulations on inventing and implementing this system and for introducing us to it and you and your team."

Flavia von Vogrig & Robert Gassel.
STUDIO FLAVIA/JOHN CAIOLA
Architectural GreenDesign Builders
Bryn Mawr, PA


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"Just thought you would like to see the finished job at the student union lobby. There is no way this could have been done on time without using the Tuscan Leveling System. Thanks again!"

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“TLS makes our work faster and more professional. It's the best thing I've seen for tile installation quality ever!”
Chris Woolsey
master tile installer


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"These installations are flat as a desk top..."


"The Territory Manager for Pearl Abrasives is an old friend that I have not seen in a long time, so I picked up the phone and he was in my office that afternoon. Within a week, the inventor of the Tuscan Leveling System was training our installers. The Tuscan Leveling System was beginning to make my dream come true. Step two solved!

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Getting started


Installation materials have always been kind of a "me too" industry with one standing out at the cutting edge of technology. I opened a dialog with another old friend who happens to be a V.P. at Laticrete International. Laticrete has always been a leader in their industry.

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"Action shot"


We not only landed on installation products that will work, Laticrete has stepped up to the plate and offered their 100% labor and materials warranty on installations using the Tuscan Leveling System and Laticrete products. Steps three and four solved! We now had four legs under the horse and it was time to see how he could run.

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24" x 24" porcelain

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Wall application


Park Shore Kitchens & Interiors Floor Covering Division has now completed thousands of square feet of large unit porcelain tile installations using the Tuscan Leveling System system, thinset bed, with 1/32" grout joint. These installations are flat as a desk top and all of the "Achilles heels" have been corrected. We now have the system!

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Flat, Flat, Flat!


Our real test is getting the word out. There is a whole lot of incorrect information circulating out there and there are always the old-schoolers that will never "get it".

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24" x 24" Ice White Glass


The really good news is that through the internet, in the John Bridge Forum, on what is called "professionals hang-out" I am finding overwhelming support from across the country. There is now a large movement toward this new technology and it is getting larger by the day. Refreshing and exciting!

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The pictures and Tom Dardis comments, courtesy of your source for all the components of this new technology:

Park Shore Kitchen & Interiors
Naples,FL 34109
Phone: 239-592 4941
www.parkshorekitchens.com


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"Someday the tile & stone industry will recognize the pioneering work that you have done and that you continue to do to improve the quality of the installation of large module tile and stone."  
Henry B Rothberg
LATICRETE Senior Vice-President


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"The Tuscan Leveling System is Awesome!"

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"The Tuscan Leveling System has enabled me to not only to increase speed, but more importantly, gives a sense of satisfaction that the job is perfectly flat. No lippage period! I sleep much better at night knowing that the job is done perfectly, and with minimal energy and effort to level the tile. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

Scott Gamron
Tiling & More
Florence, OR


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“You got the bull by the horns on this one!!!"

''The Tuscan Leveling System is a great tool to have, by far the most user friendly, simple tool I have used in a very long time. It makes up for that slight variation in either the floor or the product that has always been the last sticking point in the final setting process for me. Reduced the taking up & adding or subtracting thinset by at least 80-90%.” Thanks Again! Louis Fowler Fowler Tile & Stone.


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"The Tuscan Leveling System is ideal for my large format tile jobs."

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"Using the Tuscan Leveling System, it took my helper and I, two and one half days plus a few hours to complete the floor. Normally it would have taken us about four full days to set the stone without TLS. When laying the floor, it went really quickly...all I can say is SWEET!!"

"For the shower walls and wainscot I also used TLS. It went fairly quickly and I was amazed when doing the walls, the tile kept flat and plumb. The wall tiles were on point. It went well as the TLS kept the tiles in place when doing on point. Without using Tuscan Leveling System you would be fighting it as you go along."

"The Tuscan Leveling System saved me up to 50% of the installation time with more money in my pocket in a short time...when my customers want stone tiles for the big jobs, I will be ready."

Bill Pierson
Ellensburg,WA


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"Using the Tuscan Leveling System has helped fast track things.”

“I just thought I would drop you a line. I have been using your Tuscan Leveling System for 7 months and have done some very large jobs. Some of the stonework floors the pieces have been 1800 x 1200 20mls thick. It did not take long for my guys to be able to master the system. What I have found is that with this system it has helped my business grow faster because I have not had to rely on people with a lot of knowledge to work the system. As we all know there is a shortage in the world of trades people, and using the Tuscan Leveling System has helped fast track things.”
Eric Pederson Auckland, New Zealand


“…the Tuscan Leveling System pulls the tiles into the thinset, not out."

"Today we ran out of caps again, so we installed about 30 m2 without them (the old way) and I could not believe how painful it really was. Tiles were sinking and the time it takes to re-bed them is incredible. You don't realize how good your system is until you install with out it. I am truly sold on it…” Darren Conroy Queensland , Australia


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Magazine Articles featuring the Tuscan Leveling System - click on photo to open article...

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"Large unit porcelains with TLS and Laticrete sparked a great deal of interest..."

I spent the week-end working a local Home & Garden show. The showing of large unit porcelains with TLS and Laticrete sparked a great deal of interest. While there, I was asked to be an 'expert' on the panel for two of Jim Parks seminars. Jim is the host of HGTV’s New Spaces show. The more we talked, the more excited about it he became. Here is a photo that I wanted to share with you.

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Tom Dardis CGP, CAPS
ProFloors
Flooring America Where Friends Send Friends
NAHB Certified Green Building Professional
NAHB Certified Aging In Place Specialist
CBIA Remodelers Council Chairman 2012
Certified in Materials & Methods of Installation Technology
Certified in Waterproof Shower Installation Technology
Certified in Waterproof Deck Installation Technology
Fee Consultant
239-784-2438 cell
www.facebook.com/profloorsnaples


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