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Unread 05-26-2006, 09:51 AM   #1
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thinset question

What happens if someone uses the wrong sized trowel when laying tile? WE recently hired someone to intsall 6x6 porcelain tile.

I think the guy used a 3/8 or 1/8 notched trowel. That seems to be a little small. Will this hurt the durability of the adhesion.

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Unread 05-26-2006, 10:11 AM   #2
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Brett, you need very little thinset to hold the tile to the floor. If the backs of the tile were flat and the floor was flat, then a very small nothc would be sufficient. 6x6 tiles need a smallish notch, say 1/4 x 1/4 x 1/4 or even a v-notch would work. Want you want is coverage, at least 90% of the tile covered with enough thinset to fill the space between the tile and the floor. To test for coverage, tap the floor with something like a broom stick or even bouncing a golf ball. If it sounds hollow, it means poor coverage and that should be fixed at the tile setter's expense.
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Unread 05-26-2006, 10:59 AM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback.

I checked the tiles last night and only two were hollow. I plan to make them replace them before they grout.

I just wanted to make sure that using the trowel with the smaller notches would not compromise the integrity over the long haul.

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Unread 05-30-2006, 08:35 AM   #4
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Will a 1/8 " v-trowel be okay as long as the coverage is good? I think that is what the tiler used.

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Unread 05-30-2006, 07:56 PM   #5
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Brett, If your tiles sound solid, there is no problem..
Like Bob said, if your floor is flat and the coverage is good, thinset is a wonderful thing...
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