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Unread 02-16-2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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Working time for thinset

How long will a batch of Versabond, or similar thinset, mixed in a 5 gallon bucket last before it is no longer usable? I will probably have the bucket filled to the 3 gallon mark.

I want to get the amount of time from people who have used it, not the manufacturer. Just want to know how much time I will have to make cuts.

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Unread 02-16-2005, 02:16 PM   #2
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Can anyone help?
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Unread 02-16-2005, 02:26 PM   #3
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I went as far as 2 hours with Flexbond and it was starting to get stiff.

(yikes - that sounds funny)
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Unread 02-16-2005, 02:27 PM   #4
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That does sound funny. You must really like flexbond.
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That does sound funny. You must really like flexbond.
We're just friends- really.
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Based on my experience with Versabond; Up to two hours on a hot summer day, up to and over 4 hours on a cold rainy day. Though on the job site a 5 gallon bucket usually should be used up in about 15 to 60 minutes.
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Unread 02-16-2005, 03:16 PM   #7
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Jim, I hope you got your flexbond something nice for Valentine's day.

Thanks for the help.

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Hi. I’m Kat. And I love Versabond, too.

I found this in a Google Search, and I just wanted to say, I’m right there with you with your love of Versabond. Although my one true love is Flexbond.

I feel like I’m in group therapy, but you guys made me laugh and brought a smile to my face. I thought I was the only one!
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Welcome to the forum, Kat.

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Adding some ice should increase the working time some from what I've heard. The colder the water the better when initially mixing.
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Unread 10-20-2018, 08:34 AM   #11
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I must be doing something wrong. I have been adding ice to the water each time and mix smaller batches, say 1/4 to 1/3 bag of thinset. It seems to start skimming over in less than an hour at which point I regrettably toss it out and start a new batch. If the batch doesn't have enough water, the time is considerably shorter. I'm using Bostik Ditra-Set which doesn't require slaking.
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I used DitraSet and cool water (from the outdoor hose bib, so probably around 45 F). Mixed a bit softer than the maximum water for half a bag at a time, to a creamy consistency. The room I was in was in the 80-90F temperature range (I remember sweating like a pig). Got just a bit less than the 2 hours they claim on the bag. I do recall giving a through remix with the margin trowel every so often when the edges in the bucket got a bit firm. It’s been up over a year and a half (wow, it’s been that long) and everything still seems fine in there. My first batch was waaay too thick; I blamed it on hard water. Mixing it softer made a big difference in working time.
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That might have been part of my trouble. I didn’t remix as Inused it.
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