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Old 04-29-2006, 07:01 AM   #1
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How long before walk on tile after setting?

I am in the process of laying my kitchen tiles and how it is laid out I need to be able to walk on some of the tiles soon after laying.

What is the minimum amount of time I must wait before putting my weight on any of them?

The Ultraflex II bag says 16-24 hours but I would think that I could be careful and do it sooner.

How long must I wait at a minimum and should I lay something down on them like plywood or just be very careful?
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:44 AM   #2
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If you're laying the tile on slab, you can do a thump test. Bang them with your knuckles and once the sound changes from something hollow to a sound like tapping slab itself, those tiles ain't going anywhere.

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Old 04-29-2006, 08:33 AM   #3
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If you need to walk on some tiles sooner you could set some of them with a quick set thinset. Usually only about 3 hours to start grouting with that stuff.

Minimum would be 12 hours with what you have and do use some plywood to set over them to walk on.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:32 AM   #4
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Like Scott suggests, you can use a rapid setting thinset for the areas you expect to *need* to walk on and bridge it all with plywood or CBU (something to distribute your weight. I wouldn't set the whole floor with rapid set as it's a bear to keep up with, especially for a novice.
The danger of walking on your tile prematurely is that you may adversely affect the bond to the tile, causing failure down the road.
Relax and go out to dinner if you are able and wait till the next day to walk on the floor.
Remember not to walk on it wearing high-heels until after it's grouted.
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