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Old 03-06-2004, 12:54 AM   #1
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Question Rubber tile install with 2 part epoxy

I know this is supposed to ceramic tile site not rubber tile. I have 1200 sf of rondel 2' x 2' tile to be installed with a 2 part epoxy adhesive.. open time 30 minutes. It says to lay out all tile and cut and fit the entire room. Then mix epoxy and glue tile.. sounds easy but how do i pick up all the tile and then while the glue is still wet lay it back down in the exact place!! Can i see lines thru the glue, leave several tiles on the floor and place from them. There are some really smart tile setters here , maybe someone can help. Thanks and no jokes about the rubber please.. ps johnsonite tile
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Dave,

We've got some carpet layers who hang around here. No problem.
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what is the spread rate of the epoxy?200sq.ft.per gal.?number each tile and mark direction,stack in order of lay out,mix one unit of epoxy at a time.
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Hi Dave, this is a Pro carpet and tile site http://www.i-boards.com/bnp/fci/
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Old 03-06-2004, 11:02 AM   #5
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Oh are you going to have fun.

You will only be spreading small areas at a time which you will have to determine based on the speed which you are able to work and the environmental conditions. At most a 2 foot wide swath by the row length.

Draw or snap your control lines so you aren't spreading the glue past where you will be setting the tiles. Don't glue past or you will be spending time scraping up the excess on the next row.
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Hi Dave,

Scott and Eric hit the process right.

We can field these questions as well.

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It's a lot like VCT only more difficult. Have a nice heavy roller and some cleaner handy. The epoxy will not come off once it's dry. The tiles are not as square as VCT. That's why you want to put them back into the glue in the same orientation you originally placed them.
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thanks for the info...I have fit about half the tiles...it is a hallway and 4 other rooms. I HAVE MARKED OUT THE starting point and I am going to remove about 100 sf of tile and spread adhesive while my helper lays the tile back down, when we get that down then while the adhesive is still wet, hopefully start on the next one hundred, Have checked square with 3-4-5 and have a erasable marker to mark tile location, does anyone know whether i can still see my lines made with a marker thru the adhesive...I checked out the carpet site and those guys are still debating whether u need to use a stretcher to lay carpet, as most of them still use only a knee kicker,,, at least this room has some professionals, who know when they do a jersey mud job
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Hi Dave

Sounds like you're on track now. Keep us filled in with your progress.

You mentioned you will spread, and let your helper set. Hmmmm. I guess I wouldn't let my helper spread either.

Who's doing the mixing?
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When your spreading the epoxy, I hope your forearms are well rested!!
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Old 03-07-2004, 01:44 PM   #12
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Tile your world" just don't use rubber tile. Just did about 80 ft and what fun I had, like someone mentioned. It mixes ok, like mixing peanut butter and bubble gum, has about the same consistency after it is mixed. Reminded me of bondo for making repairs on your car. Anyway tried to spread it took both hands most of the time, and it only covered about 60 feet, there was some left in the can after dumping it on the floor but probably not enough to do 10 sf. And cutting off the top of the can was fun so u can get it out. Then u lay the tile down in the wet epoxy and it wants to come up between the seams , like laying vct in wet glue. Anyway at this rate we will need 3 times as much epoxy as ordered. This job is bathrooms and hallway and a locker room probably will be used 3 times a day. I want to see if I can change to a acrylic adhesive . pressure sensitive type for rubber tile,, water resistant but not water proof. This epoxy should be used when putting rubber tile on the bottom of a swimming pool. Would appreciate any comments if any thing in this experience sounds unusual. ps did use recommended 1/16, 1/16, 1/16 trowel on smooth cement.
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