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Unread 02-06-2013, 05:42 PM   #15781
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the wider trowel lets you spread a nice smooth flat line.
no humps, swirls or high spots to mess with your setting a flat tile.

and when you notch out your only taking a little off the edges, enough
for the thinset to press back into the void as you set it and not come
up through your grout joints.

I do marble the same way so I dont get squeeze out.

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Unread 02-06-2013, 05:54 PM   #15782
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I have 2200 ft of plank coming up,ill be setting it with 4xlt rapid set.i will use a 1/2x1/2" notch trowel and flat coat all planks.

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Unread 02-06-2013, 05:58 PM   #15783
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Dang 2200sqft that's a bunch
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Unread 02-06-2013, 06:04 PM   #15784
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i know about cutting the thinset off around the edges of the tile but i feel that it could possibly leave a void there with no thin set
Donnie,

your guy was putting down big plops of thinset and setting the tile on them.
I would think you would have more voids from those globs.

that's a lot of thinset for under those planks to ooze up into the grout joints

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your better off spreading a nice smooth flat line, cutting out the edges,
back buttering and then setting the plank.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 06:37 PM   #15785
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ok i understand now..yea we had to, the slab was very out of level and not flat..next time we will use a self leveling cement
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Unread 02-06-2013, 06:39 PM   #15786
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yeah, floating or flashing the floor flat or using an SLC will save you time and headache when setting.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 06:45 PM   #15787
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you got that right man!
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its a hotel that needs to be updated,its only a bout 5 years old but the franchise is changing looks.i also have a 1000 ft on a home to do as well and 650sf of 9''x36'' planks.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 08:41 PM   #15789
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I just ripped out some real hardwood on Monday to replace with wood look plank tiles. Lol. Ill get some pics later this week.
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I worked with a guy who asked me why I did that with the margin trowel around the perimeter of the tile, it helps from the oozing.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 09:29 PM   #15791
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I do the same, for the same reasons. And if any does ooze out i run my margin trowel through the grout line and clean it out. Id like to tell you that i then clean the tile with a sponge rather than my finger and then my pant leg, but that would make a liar out of me
I ruin a pair of jeans/job, its a bad filthy habit, but im working on it
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Unread 02-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #15792
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I worked with a guy who asked me why I did that with the margin trowel around the perimeter of the tile, it helps from the oozing.
definitely, you know from doing a lot of marble up there in Philly.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 11:52 PM   #15793
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Brian and Rick- How is the coverage on the corners when you lift a tile to check coverage?
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you are only cutting a small groove against the tile ahead of you
with the corner of your margin trowel. not a deep wide valley.
and in reality its not taking thinset out, its really plowing it off the tile edge and moving it out of the way. when the tile is set the thinset pushed back in the void.

I also do the when using the TLS so I dint get squeeze up under the caps.
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