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Unread 11-15-2020, 09:19 AM   #16
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I experimented with a "dry" wet set when I tiled my garage floor. Mixed it the same as I would for floating a shower floor. Turned out great and had two small hollows spots in my first couple rows, around the edge of tile.

Install is solid as a rock....minus those two spots. My workaround for being too low was having multiple trowel sizes, 1/4"-1/2". I dry tamped each tile before notching it and based on that I knew which trowel to grab so it would be give me the right amount. By the end I was mostly grabbing for the 1/4" trowel. Still the flattest floor in my house.
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Unread 11-15-2020, 11:08 AM   #17
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Before thinset was available,that was the norm,Justin. A two man crew,was expected to fresh set/grout....50-60 sq ft a day. It all changed with thin set....multipled by5-6 times the footage,expected in a day. 300sq ft in a day,became the norm.

In my experience,like you stated Justin,in regards to the moisture of the mud(‘just a tad drier than mud used for shower pan) the install is much stronger,when all the setting materials,are used/bonded,in the same day.

Fresh setting,IMO,is helpful,with large stone/tile,as you can get the plane,perfectly flat,and even level,if so desired.
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Yeah everything bonded same day seems to be the hardest to tear out later down the line. But some of these thinset mortars after fully cured... MAN they'll bring chunks of concrete with them on demo day.

A very handy tool I'm seeing trend on Instagram for the larger tiles is the RTC Grabo electric suction cup. It has this soft seal that will even pick up some irregular stone. Very cool!
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From what I can tell, I like everything I've seen here (apart from the safety violations). Had I known about stuff like that back in my setting days I would have had it. Pretty neat.
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Cool to see the way it’s done elsewhere. These videos take you for a spin in the tile & granite world, two to four man crews putting out some mud & footage. Found this one and thought it was some tidy work.
https://youtu.be/a1IKidnNCj8
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