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Subject: A tool called a "mexican straightedge"
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ricknvicki-ga
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Posted: 01 Feb 2003 10:15 PST
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Question ID: 156073
I am looking for a specific reference or references to a tool called a
"mexican straightedge", used for aligning work or guiding scoring

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 01 Feb 2003 14:02 PST
Could you elaborate on the context in which this phrase might have
been used or the source from which you learned it? This might prove
very helpful.


Clarification of Question by ricknvicki-ga on 01 Feb 2003 15:26 PST
The context that this might be used would be in the construction
trades. Possibly installation of decorative mexican tile or the
installation of score joints in decorative concrete.

Request for Question Clarification by markj-ga on 01 Feb 2003 16:15 PST
ricknvicki --

In order to determine whether this expression might be a regionalism,
it would be helpful to know what part of the country you are in (I
assume you are U.S. residents).

How did you become aware of the expression?


Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 01 Feb 2003 17:37 PST
According to the Glossary of Common Industry Terms for Ceramic Tile
Installation, a STRAIGHTEDGE is a straight piece of wood or metal
which is used to rod mortar and to align

Am I on the right track?

Subject: Re: A tool called a "mexican straightedge"
Answered By: kyrie26-ga on 01 Feb 2003 19:31 PST
Hi there ricknvicki-ga!

Thank you for your question.

The first relevant link that I found is from a website which was
inaccessible when I wrote this. I clicked on the "Cache" link to view
Google's cache of this page :

Features Item  Installing Mexican Paver Tiles - Part II (Google cached

"Because of their dimensional irregularities, Mexican paver tiles are
not installed with a rack, but rather with the help of a grid of
layout lines. Because the grout lines for this pattern do not extend
more than one square and one spot, a reference grid is used, along
with a straightedge, to guide the tile placement. A conventional floor
is usually installed with a 3-foot grid. As each grid square is set,
the tiles should be leveled to each other with the help of a large
beating block."

I then did further searches using the phrase "Mexican paver tiles" and
these are more relevant links that I found :


Welcome to Super-Tek Products, Inc

"Mexican Paver Tile: Used mainly on floors, the hand-made tiles vary
in color, texture, and appearance. The terracotta-like tile is
available in hexagon, octagon, elongated hexagon, fleur-de-lis,
squares up to 12", and other shapes. Must be coated with various types
of sealers to provide a wearing surface."

"Floating: A method of aligning mortar with the float strips or
screeds using a straight-edge. Also called dragging, pulling, or
rodding off."

+------------------------------------------------------+ : M-S

"Mexican Paver tile :
Used mainly on floors,the handmade tiles vary in color,texture,and
appearance and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The
tiles are coated with various stains and sealers after installation
and curing to provide a wearing surface."

"Screed Strip :
A strip of wood, metal or other material applied to a surface, at
suitable distances from each other to serve as a guide for a
straightedge to obtain a true mortar surface."


Based on this information, it would seem that a "Mexican straightedge"
refers to the technique of using a straightedge in laying Mexican
paving tiles, more so than with reference to a specific type of tool.


You can view an image of a "straightedge" here, in the context of
flooring tools :

Google Image Result for www_flooringtool_com-misc-GOIM0121_GIF


Google Search Terms :

mexican "straight edge" OR straightedge OR straight-edge

mexican paver tiles "straight edge" OR straightedge OR straight-edge

I hope this was helpful! If anything is not clear please do not
hesitate to post a Request For Clarification and I will do my best to
help. Thank you for using Google Answers!



Request for Answer Clarification by ricknvicki-ga on 02 Feb 2003 08:34 PST
Thank you for the provided information. Were you able to reference
anything with the specific title "Mexican Straightedge"? I know that
tools form regions such as Germany have a specific value based on the
area of origin.

Clarification of Answer by kyrie26-ga on 02 Feb 2003 15:28 PST
Hi again ricknvicki-ga,

I did further searches for you using these search terms on Google :

mexico OR mexican straightedge OR "straight edge" OR "straight-edge"
tool OR tools

-new mexico OR mexican straightedge OR "straight edge" OR
"straight-edge" tool OR tools (eliminates instances with New Mexico)

straightedge OR "straight edge" OR "straight-edge" tool OR tools "made
in mexico" OR "mexican made"

... and did not find anything else conclusive. There were no articles
with the title "Mexican Straightedge". The best results were those I
had found earlier.

Are you referring possibly to straightedges made in Mexico? I wasn't
able to find any info on that either.

It would seem that a straightedge is a simple enough tool that it does
not have to be unique based on its region of origin - it is basically
a very straight stick, to put it bluntly. What I suspect is that the
term "Mexican straightedge" would probably refer to the technique of
using a straightedge while laying Mexican paving tiles, as outlined in
the first earlier article.

Let me know if you have further ideas for researching this, otherwise,
hopefully this gives you enough clues to get you started in the right


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