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Unread 10-10-2021, 06:19 AM   #16
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Thanks guys. I may be nit picking but I do have a question I can't find an answer to regarding the intentional gap around the edge of the tile against the wall. I understand spacing the mat and tiles about 1/4" from the edge of the wall, but what about the thinset mortar for both the mat and the tile? I have sill seal I can tape against the wall to try to create an even gap for both the mortar and the mat and tile, but I don't see people doing that. Do you just use a thin tool to scrape out a line in the mortar around the edge before it sets?
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Unread 10-10-2021, 07:06 AM   #17
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It doesn’t matter how you achieve the 1/4” gap for the tile and mortar, as long as you’ve got a 1/4” gap. Scraping the excess mortar before it sets with a margin trowel is probably the most common.

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Sil seal is a good thing when flooding it with SLC, but just cleaning out the thinset is cheaper and usually easier, but it will work to provide a resilient gap if you want to use it. If you didn't want to use baseboards, there are engineered profiles that you can use instead. https://www.schluter.com/schluter-us...A?facets=false
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Unread 10-11-2021, 06:27 AM   #19
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Thanks guys, there's going to be a large baseboard so it allows me a good gap. I put down the first strip of strata mat. My local supplier had white Multimax Lite, and I figured I'd try using that since it's spec'd for both putting down the mat and as an LFT mortar for the marble. At $55 a bag I was hoping it would also do my grocery shopping. It definitely works for putting down the mat, but I feel like the properties that make it a great LFT mortar also make it a bit annoying for putting down the mat. It has a consistency like marshmallow fluff which made it tough to key in quickly. I may just use 254 for the rest of the mat and save the Multimax Lite for the actual tile.
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