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Old 05-12-2019, 03:55 PM   #1
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Quarry tile

I have a job this week ,where I have to install some 6”x6” quarry tile.
It is being installed over concrete with Laticrete 254 thinset and permacolor grout. I have installed quite a lot of ceramic/porcelain tiles over the years.
But I have never installed quarry tile. I was planning on using a 1/4 x 3/8” trowel. I just picked up a Milwaukee cordless mud mixer ( i’m looking forward to trying that out )
Is there anything I should know that would make installing the quarry tile any different than the ceramic or porcelain that I have installed in the past ?
I have a MK101 and a grinder with a diamond wheel. I also have a sigma snap cutter, but I assume the quarry tiles would not be able to be cut with the snap cutter.
Any of your input would be appreciated
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:52 PM   #2
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Hi Don. I haven't installed quarry in many years but I remember it being pretty hard. You can try using the snap cutter but not sure how well it will work, especially on small cuts. A snap cutter works best on glazed tiles.
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:20 PM   #3
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I usually do a 1/8” or less grout line on ceramic/ porcelain.
It seems like you normally see a wider grout joint with the quarry tiles.
Would 1/4” wide grout lines be good.
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Old 05-13-2019, 04:43 AM   #4
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1/4" is a bit big. I like a 3/16" joint. How many feet are you setting? You can buy grids custom made for your size quarry tile and joint size. https://www.americantilerackinc.com/

I think the 245 is way overkill for quarry over concrete. I've always just used 253 Gold and never had any problems and I've set thousands of feet of quarry.

A good snap cutter will be fine for quarry.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:37 AM   #5
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It is 462 sq. ft.
The grid probably would’ve been a good idea ...if I had thought to ask this question a while back, I’m starting the job today.
That is the sensor that was sold for the job, and the end user is paying for it.
I will take your advice and use the 3/16 inch grout line .
Does the 1/4 x 3/8” trowel seem like a good choice?
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Yeah, 1/4" x 3/8" will be fine.

If I were you I would grid the floor first. Make it 4 rows deep.
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Hi Don,

2nd the grid recommendation. Quarry can get a little ratty sometimes.
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Thanks for the advise.
I got all the materials and tools on site yesterday ( 462’ of quarry tile, thin-set,grout, perimeter moldings, transitions, and 1900’ of vinyl plank.
ripped up vct, cove base, and prepped for the vinyl plank.
I have the area with the quarry tile all ready to go with black chalk line grid.
I decided to make 2 trips with the materials.
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I would recommend a grout release on the tile prior to grouting, especially if it's a contrasting color grout. The one we sold when I was at MAPEI was this one: http://www.mapei.com/public/US/produ...release-en.pdf
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I finished the job , thanks so much for the advise.
Especially the grout release tip. One thing I found was there was a lot of tiles
with small chips in the corners, I would say 5% of the tile.
I started setting them aside and ended up with a stack of chipped tiles
that was 2 feet tall. I realized I would end up running short if I didn’t use them.
I used a lot of them for cut tiles but also had to install them in the feild.
There was also many tiles with hairline cracks in the face of the tile.
Is this common with quarry tiles?
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That might be the ratty part JB talked about. I don't remember quarry being that chipped up but there's probably a lot I don't remember.
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Also there was no broken off chips in any of the boxes.
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The traditional quarry tiles I've installed (many moons ago) were true quarry, which I think means extruded. The tiles in your picture look like they might have been cast in single dyes. They look better calibrated than the quarry I'm used to.

Can't comment on the chips. I would call them defects, though. (Guess I commented after all. )
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Lots of differences in tile quality these days. That's Dal-AO quarry tile and it's crap. Did a bunch the end of last year and had same issue with chips and off size out of square tile. I'm gonna do my best to never use it again. Will go with Metro quarry next time even if it costs more...
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Aww, thanks Leon, you da man!
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