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Old 04-16-2012, 09:05 PM   #16
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I guess it would make a difference who is helping.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:05 AM   #17
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keep thinset fresher longer

trying to find a way to make versabond thinset stay useable longer.
setting 12x12 tiles on wall.first timer doing actually fairly well.mixing up half a bag at a time working alone backbuttering every tile.

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if i cover pail with airtight cover and transfer enough thinset to smaller bucket for at least four tiles at time that should keep thinset fresher longer correct

thank you for any input kurt out of work local#1 plumber
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #18
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What Bob said.

That's why you use thinset instead of mastic or premixed thinset. It will set despite being covered up with tiles which can act like a cover on a pail.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:28 PM   #19
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Properly mixed Versabond will have a pot life up to 4 hours. Next time make smaller batches.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:41 PM   #20
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I agree with Paul. Smaller batches and if it starts getting hard to work just chuck it and start fresh. Thinset is cheap.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:32 PM   #21
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Thinset, a cement product, starts its chemical reaction as soon as it hits the water...once started, you can't stop it. As already noted, cold slows the reaction, but does not stop it - the chemical reaction makes its own heat.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:14 PM   #22
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grout help

what is the right consistency for sanded grout.

if grout is left on tile to long can you use wet sponge to remove grout on tiles after grout has cured.

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Old 05-01-2012, 04:14 PM   #23
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1) like mashed potatoes

2) depends on how long it dried on the tile for.
you might be able to wet it and let sit, then rub off.
if its too hard maybe use a flat head screwdriver or similar to softly remove it.

also depends on how much you have on the tile and area.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:04 PM   #24
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Kurt, it'll help if you'll keep all your questions on one thread so folks can see what you're working on and what's been previously asked and answered.
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