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Unread 10-25-2020, 05:30 PM   #1
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1" Hexagon Trowl Size?


I am moving right along with our bathroom remodel but have hit a question where I have been unable to find consistent guidance.

The floor I am installing will be 1" hexagon tiles, 1/4 inch thick with 1/8 inch grout joints. I have been unable to find consensus on an appropriate trowel to use for these tiles, between a 3/16th V-notch, and 1/4 square trowel.

I am looking to avoid squeeze out as much as possible to avoid any needless cleanup and misery, however, I worry that the 3/16 notch may not provide adequate coverage.

Your input is greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
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Unread 10-25-2020, 05:41 PM   #2
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I usually use a 3/16 V notch with 1 inch hex.

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Unread 10-26-2020, 12:21 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, Josh.

I agree with Davy. If you use that 1/4” square-notch, the mortar will be oozing out of the joints way too much.

Have you had a chance to properly prepare the substrate so that you’re installing over a nice, flat surface?

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Thank you both.

The substrate is level save for the shower pitch. Everything is waterproofed and ready for tile... was just questioning the amount of mortar to use. Thanks again!
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One of the mistakes I see is that people allow the mortar to dry a little bit on the trowel, particularly on the teeth. As this happens, the notch will get more and more shallow, resulting in less coverage.

So I would spread some, then clean the trowel off completely, making sure the notches are clean to get the best coverage.

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