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Unread 01-02-2021, 08:22 AM   #1
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Flat pebble tile

I have a job where the customer wants this pebble/ stone installed in a 3’ x 5’ entry way. I’ve never done anything like this. I was thinking of using a 1/4” x 1/4” square notch trowel. Another installer mentioned removing the tile from the mesh and install them one by one , to avoid seeing lines between the sheets.
My question is how do I keep the thin set from being as thick as the stones ( where the grout goes) ( with the big voids between stones) ? Would I knock the trowel ridges down with the flat side of the trowel?
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Unread 01-02-2021, 08:54 AM   #2
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Some we pull from sheets and some we don't, depends how they key together. If you can see the sheets when you lay them out than peel. Just from the pic they probably need to be peeled. I use a worn down 1/4 and keep it turned down. Never really had a issue with bleed through.
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1/4” trowel is good to go, I’d pull them off & set them one by one. Let’s you sort out the uglies and you can get away without any cuts. I’d put the baseboard up first so you don’t have to scribe to the tile after.
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There's some really large gaps between those pieces. They didn't try very hard to get them close. Another vote for pulling them off the sheet. Just don't spread very much thinset at a time. I cut notches in the end of a margin trowel. It works real well, reaches into tight areas better than a trowel.
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Thanks guys !
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Are those Hemisphere pebbles? Kona sands?
If so here’s two pans when set individually, did it after wall tile was set & grouted. Client had us take out all of the reds and other undesirable pieces, big pro when setting one by one.
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I have only seen a pic of the tile, don’t know the manufacturer.
That looks good.
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Those flat stones don’t change their appearance as much as rounded stones do when they’re grouted...but they do change. It’s probably a great idea to make a sample board and grout it for the client to approve before committing to setting the whole job.

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I wanted to thank you guys for your help.
I finished the job today. I dry laid some sheets, and
It didn’t seem to show the edge of the sheets to bad and the
customer liked it) without peeling off the stones.
I can’t believe the amount of grout I went through.
I thought is looked pretty decent for my first rodeo.
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Yo, Don!!

Looks very nice.

(Did I mention that I taught Don everything he knows about setting tile? )
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Yeah, that does look really good. Really good.

And did I mention that I taught Kevin everything he knows about setting tile?
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Nice go with the pebbles and the floating floor too, came out very clean!!
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