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Tile grout assistance

CONN/STEP has a client that manufacturers hearth pads upon which to place wood
stoves, pellet stoves, and gas applicances.  The pads average in size from 41" X
41" to 56" X 56".  The base is a 3/4" high density particle board substrate.
Ceramic or slate tiles are applied to the substrate with an acrylic  adhesive.
The final step is to apply grout into the 3/8" to 1/4" grooves between the
tiles.   We need help finding a new grout.  The existing grout is an epoxy which
is hazardous and causing skin problems to the workers.  While a latex is more
user friendly, it cracks with the handling during the various shipping stages .

Can anyone direct us to a vendor or a specific grout that will withstand
cracking but doesn't have the EH&S implications?

Thank you,

Judy Wlodarczyk
8 Two Mile Road
Farmington, CT 06032
860-644-9718 (ph)
860-507-5659 (fax)