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Old 11-16-2017, 05:57 PM   #1
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euro notch trowel

Has anyone used the notched trowels with the euro style teeth. Rubi has one that they claim eliminates the need for back buttering. Its reported to give 90% coverage. I am wondering if it really works that good since back buttering
18x36 or larger is really a pain.

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Old 11-16-2017, 06:27 PM   #2
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I did trowel demos pretty much weekly for 10 years. Don't know that I would agree with 90% on a 18x36, but, it will be an improvement. The Euro and slant notch trowel never failed me and I made a point of not trying hard to be perfect. I was also doing 18's or 24's.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:41 PM   #3
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They do put a lot of pooky down. More than the 1/2" notch...at least the one I was using did.

I used it on some 6x24 and had a lot squeezing up through the grout joints.
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I've tried several and just seem unable to get the feel of them. The upper right tooth doesn't hold and spread mortar the same way traditional trowels do so I end up making a mess.
Might be different on a floor. I really only do wall work. The concept of the things seems legit.


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Old 11-17-2017, 05:55 AM   #5
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Tried them but never really trusted their claim. Never full coverage when a tile was removed and checked. Was taught early on to back butter. With big tile its a must!
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:24 AM   #6
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I have one and use it sometimes but never as a reason to get out of back buttering. It works fine but I seem to have gravitated back to my 1/2 x 1/2 square notch. Not really sure why.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:03 PM   #7
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The big advantage is that the slanted notches fall over so when you're trying to embed the tile, there's already an even coating on the surface rather than high points and essentially voids. I think to get best advantage, you need to hold it at nearly a 90-degree angle so that the notches are tall enough to fall over and fill in the spaces between. If you hold it at a more typical 45-degree angle, they'll be too short, and you'll have nearly the same issue as with a conventional notched trowel...voids between the ridges.

They're very popular in Europe.
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They're very popular in Europe
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Henceforth the name "Euro notch"
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Ive used them....got a couple of them. I find that as they wear (quickly) they become less and less effective towards their claim. more of a novelty to me. I seem to have a 1/4x1/2 loop or a 1/2x1/2 in my hand most times to get the results I'm looking for.
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By the time I tried a Euro trowel years ago I was already an old dog and found it tough to get used to. The only dog I know who's been at it longer than I is Gobis.
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