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Old 10-07-2004, 09:55 AM   #1
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Need help with words

I have seen the word "loose" as in keep the motar loose or looser for porcelain.
Could someone explain what you mean by loose.
Also was in a big box store, Lowes or HD looking at porcelain tile.
The worker showed up some glazed porcelain tile. Said so on the box. I thought porcelain tile was solid color through out and did not need to be glazed. Sound like an oxymoron to me. But I am the dummy here is the hall of wisdom. Can someone explain this to a layperson.
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:02 AM   #2
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You want the thinset to be to a consistancy where it begins to hold its shape if you dip a trowel in it. As for porcelain, it can be either glazed, OR unglazed.

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Hi Herb, Welcome.

What Bill said.

"Loose" to me is when thin set approaches the semi-fluid state -- not watery bay any means but it's not stiff. The consistency of tooth paste might be close, except that the thin set will slump more than tooth paste.
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:55 PM   #4
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Pancake batter is "loose". Canned frosting is not.
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