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Old 11-21-2008, 10:46 PM   #1
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Tavy puck?

How do you use this? It is making some sounds but is it supposed to be completely silent between tiles?

Is there something inside that makes a sound or it's just the puck bottom that is making the sound I am looking for?
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:08 PM   #2
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Puck

I used that Tavy Puck when I laid my 1300 sq ft basement floor. There are some variables such as the width of the grout line and the surface texture of the tiles. My grout line was 1/4" and the surface of my tiles were very smooth. If my tiles were not even and had lipage, I would hear a definite clunk sound. There is nothing in the puck to make the sound. It is created by the edge of the puck hitting the edge of a tile that is a little too high. Be sure to slide it in both directions across all adjoining grout lines to the tile you are installing. If it was really bad lipage, the puck would stop. When my job was finished, I could take a hockey stick and send that puck from one end of my basement floor to the other without it stopping. I found the bubble indicator invaluable for telling me what my floor surface was doing. I was laying a Hopscotch pattern that was very unforgiving of surface flatness problems.

It was the best investment I ever made and it made all the difference in the world for me, as an amateur tile layer.

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Old 11-21-2008, 11:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the clear description. I was running over unhoned slate tiles so maybe not a good application for it

What happened when you detect a sound, do you take up the lower tile to add more thinset to the back.. or just use a mallet to bring down the high tile a little more?
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:58 AM   #4
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if you hear any hollow sound the obvious would be to put thinset under that area.
detecting a high tile also usually means no thinset under a corner.

and the good thing about this tool is you can also use it as a hockey puck.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:02 AM   #5
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If you have one tile sitting higher than all the others pull it up first. You'll see exactly where to remove a little thinset by the way your mud looks.
If you have one sitting a little lower, pull that one up and add mud.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:47 AM   #6
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If one side higher than the other, use bubble to determine which one to act on. If the tile on the right is lower than the one the left: Set the tile on the right tile for all of these examples. If the bubble goes to the right, you may be able to build up the right tile on the left side. If the bubble indicates a level tile, you may be able to smoosh down the left tile on the right side. If the bubble goes to the left, time to redo both or make adjustments realizing you have a stretch of surface that ain't level. That's where you have to be careful of the bubble. If you're setting tiles and tile after tile shows bubble going one way and you're down to no thinset on that last one you measure, realize you're on a slopping surface and redo those tiles with hardly nothing under 'em.

See what happens when you walk away from computer? Anyway, those 2 gents are pros - me not.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:48 AM   #7
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The only thing that puck is good for is seeing if a tile is level, and I use my torpedo one for that, tile to next tile.

Give it to your kids to use in the street.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:56 AM   #8
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Hey Guys,

Y'all didn't really answer his question, and I have the same one. Should you be able to slide this over a installed smooth tile surface without hearing it click? My $0.02 is no. There will always be a soft clicking noise as it moves over the edges, it just shouldn't hop when it hits the edge. Whatcha think?

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Old 11-22-2008, 10:11 AM   #9
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I slid one over a TLS job and ones I did that should be just about perfect, no lippage, it still clicked, it will drive you nuts if you think you have to get tile so it won't click.

Not all tile is perfect either slight warpage and what not, it's a waste of time.
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Old 11-22-2008, 10:42 AM   #10
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Unlike my professional friend, Richie, I found the Tavy tile puck to be a valuable tool when I laid my 18x18 travertine in my master bath. I have since graduated to the Tuscan Leveling System (TLS) and don't really have a need for it but I do use it to "double check" my work. I use it by holding it rather than sliding it and letting go of it. I get feedback through my hand and I can tell which tile is high or low. Sometimes I use it prior to tightening the straps on the TLS so I have an idea if I'm ready to tighten them up.

Using it on slate is a huge waste of time IMO. I think you need flat surfaces for it to work properly.

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Old 11-22-2008, 03:36 PM   #11
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Mark,

You won't hear nothing if they're level. Now it can get screwey if you put more pressure on one side of the puck or your tiles have sloping edges. In those cases you'll hear a click but it may be the tiles are still level.
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:57 PM   #12
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I use mine for leveling Kerdi drains.

I bought it to try on some marble, first time I slid it across a tile it made a scratching sound from some sand granules. Never used it on tile again.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:15 PM   #13
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I just feel with my fingers and use a real level. With stone though I always use my pack of ciggarettes. They don't click.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:38 PM   #14
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Keep this tool in real good shape.Why?So you can return it!This hockey puck will just sit in some lonely toolbox somewhere.There is nothing that you cant acheive with a basic tool collection already:bullet level,2 ft level,quarter and small wooden block.This tool especially sucks if you dont play hockey.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:48 PM   #15
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the good thing about this tool is you can also use it as a hockey puck.
Send it up here, the lakes are froze. I'll be starting to playing hockey in the next few days. I need a puck.
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