Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic Tile - Quiz

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  • 1. 

    A room will look larger or smaller depending on the color of tile you use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True. I recommend using a lighter color on walls and darker tiles on floors, because darker colors hide dirt, and lighter colors on the walls make a room seem larger. Using different sizes of tile on floors and walls can also create different effects.

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  • 2. 

    What size tiles to use depends on where they're used. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True. On floors, I recommend using 12x12 or larger tiles. Today, most tiles come in 13x13, which uses less grout and requires less maintenance. Even 20x20-size tiles look very nice on floors, because you see more the tile, and less of the grout. In fact, larger tiles can look fantastic on walls, too. Kitchen and bathroom backsplashes use smaller tile because of the tighter spaces.

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  • 3. 

    Sealing tile and stone has no effect on grout color.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. Sealer can help prolong the life of the grout and grout color. Natural stone, such as marble or slate, should be sealed in wet areas, and where food is present (food can stain and a sealer acts as a grout guard).

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  • 4. 

    Which is harder and less porous?

    • A.

      Porcelain tile

    • B.

      Ceramic tile

    Correct Answer
    A. Porcelain tile
    Explanation
    Porcelain. Porcelain is fired at a much higher temperature and is a much harder product. It's an ideal product for high traffic or commercial areas. It's also the least porous product, so it's great for showers and other wet areas. Porcelain tends to cost a little more than ceramic.

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  • 5. 

    How do you find the total square footage of a floor?

    • A.

      Add the Length and the Height

    • B.

      Multiply the Length and Width

    • C.

      Add Length, Height and Width

    • D.

      Subtract the Length and Width

    Correct Answer
    B. Multiply the Length and Width
    Explanation
    To find the total square footage of an area you must multiply the length of the area by the width of the area and the product is you total square footage.

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  • 6. 

    Based on the Zunal webquest" The beauty of doing your own tile bathroom" what is Thinset morter used for in the tiling process?

    • A.

      Fill in space between the tiles

    • B.

      To clean tiles after they are set

    • C.

      As a leveler for uneven flooring

    • D.

      Adherring the tile to the surface

    Correct Answer
    D. Adherring the tile to the surface
    Explanation
    Thinsent mortor is used to securely adhere the ceramic tile to the surface that is to be tiled.

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  • 7. 

    Based on the Zunal webquest" The beauty of doing your own tile bathroom" what are spacers used for?

    • A.

      To level the flooring

    • B.

      To level thinset mix

    • C.

      To create grout lines

    • D.

      To fill between tiles

    Correct Answer
    C. To create grout lines
    Explanation
    spaces are set between tiles to make sure that this is space for grout in btween each tile.

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  • 8. 

    Based on the Zunal webquest" The beauty of doing your own tile bathroom" how long do you have to wait for the grout to dry before you seal it?

    • A.

      72 hours

    • B.

      24 hours

    • C.

      Two days

    • D.

      Only one

    Correct Answer
    A. 72 hours
    Explanation
    Grout must dry for 72 hours before it can be properly sealed from moisture.

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  • 9. 

    Have about what percent more flooring than the square feet of are of the room since you will waste just a little when cutting some pieces

    • A.

      10 %

    • B.

      15-20%

    • C.

      5%

    Correct Answer
    A. 10 %
    Explanation
    When installing flooring, it is common to waste some material when cutting pieces to fit the room. This question is asking how much extra flooring should be purchased to account for this waste. The correct answer is 10%, meaning that 10% more flooring should be purchased than the square footage of the room. This ensures that there is enough material to cover the entire room even after accounting for the waste from cutting.

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  • 10. 

    If installing on the top of a new concrete floor you do not have to wait until the floor is fully cured

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When installing on the top of a new concrete floor, it is important to wait until the floor is fully cured before proceeding with the installation. This is because a newly poured concrete floor needs time to dry and harden in order to achieve its full strength and stability. If the installation is done before the concrete is fully cured, it can lead to various issues such as cracking, unevenness, and poor adhesion of the flooring material. Therefore, it is necessary to wait until the concrete floor is fully cured before proceeding with the installation process.

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  • 11. 

    You should lay planks parallel to the longest wall

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    To ensure stability and proper weight distribution, it is recommended to lay planks parallel to the longest wall. This arrangement provides better support and minimizes the risk of sagging or warping over time. Additionally, laying planks parallel to the longest wall can create a visually appealing and balanced look in the space.

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  • 12. 

    16" of overlay is needed for maximum strength

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that for maximum strength, a 16" overlay is required. This means that adding an additional layer of material, measuring 16 inches, will enhance the overall strength of the object or structure in question. Therefore, the answer "True" indicates that the statement is correct and that a 16" overlay is indeed necessary for maximum strength.

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  • 13. 

    A mallet should only be used to slide the slats horizontally, not to force them down.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A mallet should only be used to slide the slats horizontally, not to force them down. This means that using a mallet to apply downward force on the slats is not recommended. Instead, the mallet should be used to slide the slats in a horizontal direction. This implies that the correct answer is True, indicating that the statement is accurate.

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  • 14. 

    Each board should be examined for any imperfections in not only the finished side but also the locking edges

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because when examining a board, it is important to check for imperfections not only on the finished side but also on the locking edges. This is because imperfections on the locking edges can affect the proper installation and stability of the boards when they are being locked together. By examining both sides, any potential issues can be identified and addressed before installation, ensuring a better quality and more secure final result.

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  • 15. 

    Gaps are good, they won't cause you any alignment issues later on contrary to popular opinion

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that gaps are not a problem and won't cause alignment issues later on, which contradicts popular opinion. However, this statement is false. Gaps can indeed cause alignment issues, especially in certain contexts such as construction or design. It is important to ensure proper alignment and avoid gaps to maintain structural integrity and aesthetic appeal.

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  • 16. 

    Laminate flooring should acclimate to the room it will be installed in for how long?

    • A.

      At least one hour

    • B.

      Laminate flooring does not expand or contract

    • C.

      5-10 Hours

    • D.

      24-48 Hours

    Correct Answer
    D. 24-48 Hours
    Explanation
    Laminate flooring should acclimate to the room it will be installed in for 24-48 hours. This is because laminate flooring is made up of multiple layers of material, including wood, and it needs time to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the room. Acclimating the flooring helps to prevent any potential expansion or contraction issues after installation, ensuring a proper fit and reducing the risk of damage.

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  • 17. 

    Resilient floor tile composed principally of polyvinyl chloried in combination with mineral fillers and pigments. 

    Correct Answer
    vinyl tile
    Explanation
    Vinyl tile is a type of resilient floor tile that is made primarily of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) along with mineral fillers and pigments. This composition gives the tile its durability and resistance to wear and tear. Vinyl tile is known for its ability to withstand heavy foot traffic and is commonly used in commercial and residential settings.

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  • 18. 

    Joints should never line up from one slat to the next.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is important for joints to never line up from one slat to the next because this can weaken the overall structure and make it more prone to breakage or damage. When the joints are staggered or offset, it distributes the stress and weight more evenly, increasing the stability and durability of the slats. Therefore, it is true that joints should never line up from one slat to the next.

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  • 19. 

    Resilient floor covering composed principally of polyvinyl chloride in combination with mineral fillers, pigments and a fiber, felt or foam backing. 

    Correct Answer
    vinyl sheet
    Explanation
    Vinyl sheet is a type of resilient floor covering that is made primarily of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) along with mineral fillers, pigments, and a backing material such as fiber, felt, or foam. This type of flooring is durable and can withstand high levels of foot traffic, making it a popular choice for commercial and residential spaces. Vinyl sheet flooring is also known for its water resistance and easy maintenance, making it a practical option for areas prone to moisture or spills.

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  • 20. 

    Vinyl tiles are made into squares of __________________. 

    Correct Answer
    300mm x 300mm
    Explanation
    Vinyl tiles are manufactured in the shape of squares with dimensions of 300mm x 300mm.

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  • 21. 

    Vinyl sheet flooring are manufactured into lengths of ___________feet

    Correct Answer
    6 x 50
    Explanation
    Vinyl sheet flooring is manufactured into lengths of 6 x 50 feet. This means that each sheet of vinyl flooring is 6 feet wide and 50 feet long. The dimensions of 6 x 50 indicate the width and length of the vinyl sheet, which is a common size for this type of flooring.

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  • 22. 

    Quietest floor possible with the exception of thick cork tile. made of natural or synthetic rubber with mineral fillers. 

    Correct Answer
    rubber tile
    Explanation
    Rubber tile is the quietest floor possible, except for thick cork tile. It is made of either natural or synthetic rubber with mineral fillers. The rubber material absorbs sound and reduces noise transmission, creating a quieter environment. This makes rubber tile a suitable choice for areas where noise reduction is important, such as residential buildings, offices, or educational institutions.

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  • 23. 

    Resilient, waterproof floor covering with a thick layer of wearing surface whose mixture contains oxidized linseed oil with wood or cork flour. 

    Correct Answer
    linoleum
    Explanation
    Linoleum is a type of floor covering that is resilient and waterproof. It has a thick layer of wearing surface, which is made up of a mixture containing oxidized linseed oil with wood or cork flour. Linoleum is known for its durability and ability to withstand moisture, making it a popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas prone to spills or water damage.

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  • 24. 

    Flooring consists of tongue-and-grooved boards 6" or less in width. 

    Correct Answer
    strip flooring
    Explanation
    Strip flooring refers to a type of flooring that is made up of narrow tongue-and-grooved boards, typically 6" or less in width. This type of flooring is commonly used to create a traditional and classic look in homes. The narrow width of the boards allows for easy installation and creates a visually appealing pattern when laid out. Strip flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its durability and timeless aesthetic.

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  • 25. 

    Consists of square edged boards 8" or more in width as commonly found in old spanish period houses. 

    Correct Answer
    plank flooring
    Explanation
    The given correct answer, "plank flooring," refers to a type of flooring that consists of square-edged boards that are 8" or wider. This type of flooring is commonly found in old Spanish period houses. Plank flooring is known for its durability and rustic aesthetic, and it adds character to a space. It is typically made of solid wood and can be installed in various patterns, such as straight, diagonal, or herringbone. Plank flooring is a popular choice for those who want to create a timeless and classic look in their homes.

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  • 26. 

    Made of built-up layers with the wood grain running in opposite directions. available in three, five and ten ply. 

    Correct Answer
    engineered flooring
    Explanation
    Engineered flooring is made of built-up layers with the wood grain running in opposite directions. This construction provides stability and reduces the risk of warping or shrinking that can occur with solid wood flooring. It is available in three, five, and ten ply, referring to the number of layers used in its construction. The multiple layers make engineered flooring more durable and resistant to moisture compared to solid wood flooring.

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  • 27. 

    Also called block flooring. consists of square pieces which have been built up in several layers like plywood and having a veneered surface. 

    Correct Answer
    parquet tile flooring, parquet, parquet tile
    Explanation
    The given correct answer refers to a type of flooring called parquet tile flooring or simply parquet. Parquet flooring is made up of square pieces that are built up in multiple layers, similar to plywood, and have a veneered surface. This type of flooring is known for its decorative patterns and can add a unique and elegant touch to any space.

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  • 28. 

    What will leaving your linoleum in the room you plan to install it in for 24 hours prior to installation do

    • A.

      Give it a chance to reach its "resting" size so it won't expand or shrink after install

    • B.

      Allow it to correct any imperfections

    • C.

      Cool it off so the tiles wont be hot to touch

    Correct Answer
    A. Give it a chance to reach its "resting" size so it won't expand or shrink after install
    Explanation
    Leaving linoleum in the room prior to installation allows it to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the room. This gives the linoleum a chance to reach its "resting" size, preventing it from expanding or shrinking after installation. By doing so, it ensures that the linoleum will fit properly and maintain its dimensions over time.

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  • 29. 

    If a subfloor just isn't suitable for supporting linoleum flooring, which material should you use as an underlay

    • A.

      Plywood

    • B.

      Linoleum

    • C.

      Concrete

    Correct Answer
    A. Plywood
    Explanation
    Plywood is the correct answer because it is a strong and stable material that provides a suitable surface for linoleum flooring. Linoleum requires a flat and smooth subfloor to prevent any imperfections from showing through the flooring and causing damage. Plywood is able to provide this level surface, making it the ideal underlay for linoleum. Concrete may be too hard and uneven, while linoleum itself cannot be used as an underlay as it is the flooring material itself.

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  • 30. 

    It is almost always a good idea to mark your linoleum floor pieces about an inch or two wider than they need to be.  While it is fairly easy to trim the edges of the linoleum to make it fir your floor space, there's no way to make a piece of linoleum that is too small bigger, so be conservative when cutting your linoleum.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When installing linoleum floor pieces, it is advisable to mark them slightly larger than the actual floor space needed. This is because it is easier to trim the edges of the linoleum to fit the space accurately. However, if the linoleum is cut too small, there is no way to make it larger. Therefore, it is recommended to be conservative and cut the linoleum slightly bigger to ensure a proper fit.

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  • 31. 

    What should you use to cut linoleum

    • A.

      Scissors

    • B.

      Utility knife

    • C.

      Sword

    • D.

      Light saber

    Correct Answer
    B. Utility knife
    Explanation
    A utility knife should be used to cut linoleum because it is a sharp and precise tool that can easily cut through the material. Scissors may not be strong enough to cut through the linoleum, while a sword or a light saber would be too large and impractical for this task. A utility knife provides the necessary control and accuracy needed to make clean and precise cuts in linoleum.

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  • 32. 

    What should you use to apply adhesive on the underside of the linoleum?

    • A.

      Duct tape

    • B.

      Scotch tape

    • C.

      Masking tape

    • D.

      A notched trowel

    Correct Answer
    D. A notched trowel
    Explanation
    A notched trowel should be used to apply adhesive on the underside of the linoleum. This tool has notches or ridges on one side, which helps to create an even layer of adhesive when spreading it. The notches ensure that the adhesive is applied in a consistent pattern, allowing for better adhesion between the linoleum and the subfloor. Using a notched trowel helps to ensure a smooth and secure installation of the linoleum flooring.

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  • 33. 

    How much of the linoleum should you apply adhesive to at a time

    • A.

      A half

    • B.

      A fourth

    • C.

      All of it

    • D.

      None, never apply adhesive

    Correct Answer
    A. A half
    Explanation
    It is recommended to apply adhesive to only a half of the linoleum at a time. This allows for better control and ensures that the adhesive does not dry out before the linoleum is properly installed. Applying adhesive to the entire linoleum at once may result in the adhesive drying out before the linoleum can be properly positioned, leading to an ineffective installation.

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  • 34. 

    Linoleum can shrink and expand slightly when exposed to glue, so one should leave a few inches along the edges without adhesive

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Linoleum is a type of flooring material that can undergo slight shrinkage and expansion when it comes into contact with glue. To accommodate this, it is recommended to leave a few inches along the edges of the linoleum without adhesive. This allows for the natural movement of the material without causing it to buckle or warp. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 35. 

    What should you use to remove air bubbles from the linoleum and securely adhere it to the floor or subfloor?

    • A.

      Hammer

    • B.

      Tool kit

    • C.

      Heavy roller(100lb)

    • D.

      Telepathy

    Correct Answer
    C. Heavy roller(100lb)
    Explanation
    To securely adhere linoleum to the floor or subfloor, a heavy roller weighing 100lb should be used. This is because a heavy roller applies even pressure across the surface, helping to remove air bubbles and ensure proper adhesion. A hammer and tool kit are not suitable for this task, and telepathy is not a physical tool that can be used in this context.

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  • 36. 

    You should stay off of the floor for about 24 hours after adhesive has been applied

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is recommended to stay off the floor for about 24 hours after adhesive has been applied. This is because the adhesive needs time to dry and set properly. Walking on the floor too soon can disrupt the adhesive bond and may cause damage or unevenness. Therefore, it is important to wait for the recommended time to ensure a successful and long-lasting installation.

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