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Old 10-08-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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6 x 24 Wood Look Tile

I am installing the same tile, I had a question. I used a 1/4 x 1/4 notch trowel but used just a slight angle when troweling out thin set. I pulled up several pieces to check coverage and it was 80% plus. I know on larger tile you should try and use a 1/4x3/8 trowel but I went with the tiles width of six inches to determine trowel size. Any comments would be very helpful.
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I am installing the same tile, I had a question. I used a 1/4 x 1/4 notch trowel but used just a slight angle when troweling out thin set. I pulled up several pieces to check coverage and it was 80% plus. I know on larger tile you should try and use a 1/4x3/8 trowel but I went with the tiles width of six inches to determine trowel size. Any comments would be very helpful.
From what I have read and been told a 1/2 x 1/2 square notch is what is normally used for these floor tiles. the 6 inch wide does not matter so much and the tile is still considered large format.

When I do my upstairs and first floor I will be putting down a lot of this wood look tile and will be going with the above mentioned size of trowel.
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Welcome, Aaron.

Your trowel type and size should be whatever gives you the necessary coverage on the back of each tile while providing a minimum of 3/32nds" mortar thickness after the tiles are set.

If your substrate is suitably flat and your tiles are suitably flat, there is no need for an excessively large notch size.

Keep in mind that 80 percent coverage is the absolute minimum and you really want to get as close to 100 percent as possible. And you always want good coverage on all edges and corners.

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Aaron, are you back burning the tiles?
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