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Unread 11-07-2006, 12:23 PM   #1
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Help with notch trowel size - backsplash

Simple question for the brains here...

I am planning my first tile project, which will be 3x6 subway tile for a kitchen backsplash.

What is the recommended size/type of trowel, and what determines that? I am planning on using mastic on drywall to attach the tile.

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Unread 11-07-2006, 01:49 PM   #2
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(I'm just a diyer):

I'd use 3/8 x 1/4 v-notch. The idea is to set the tile into ridges. When you push and squeeze, the ridges flatten out, filling the voids, and pushing air out. It creates a small suction, and allows the tile to be (relatively) evenly pushed in. A solid coat of tset would be hard to set in, because the excess would have to travel all the way to the sides of the tile. This would make it hard to compress the tile flatly.

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