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Note should be made of the tile in bathrooms, etc., to see whether it is firmly and smoothly set; whether a sanitary cove or rounded floor angle has been used, and whether the floor is level and well grouted with cement. Cracked and loose tiling in a comparatively new house indicates poor work, either in the tiling or in the preparation of the walls before tiling. One of the causes of tiling falling off walls is the use of wooden lath instead of metal lath for the preliminary work of bathroom wainscoting.
The tile work of public halls should also be noted.