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When I install tile countertops, I want a finished product that will draw attention for the right reasons. Poor tile placement, unlevel surfaces, and cracked grout lines can make a tile job a real eyesore and open the way to water damage. From the sizing and placement of the plywood base right on through to the removal of the excess grout, many decisions are made that will make or break a tile job's appearance and durability. Scoping Out the Job When I arrive on a job, the first thing I do — sometimes before I unpack my truck — is grab my 2-foot level and check the cabinet installation from front to back and end to end. I