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Old 02-11-2019, 10:31 AM   #1
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Mapei LFT vs Ultraflor

I'm about to lay 8x42 plank porcelain on a Levelquik RS flattened concrete slab floor and was trying to figure out the differences between Mapei LFT and Ultraflor. Both are described as almost identical products but with a price difference of about $12.

Any advantages of one over the other?

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Old 02-11-2019, 11:02 AM   #2
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The biggest differences I see are the open time and pot life between the 2. Ultraflor looks to be more of an economy grade. Thinset is something I don't like to skimp on. Will the ultraflor work? Yes, but your working time and pot life is nearly half of LFT's. LFT will last longer in your bucket and you'll be able to spread a little more before it skims over.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:14 PM   #3
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That's great info. I didn't think to dig that far down into the specs and a longer working time is exactly what will make me choose the LFT.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:48 AM   #4
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Rip Cuts on Long Porcelain Planks

Looking for suggestions on how to rip cut 48" porcelain planks. I've use a 7" diamond blade in my skilsaw on another project to dry cut a 72" section of floor tile already installed.

Also have an MK-101 wet saw that I could rig up a table extension for and feed thru maybe without breaking?

What are the pro tricks?

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Old 02-12-2019, 10:29 AM   #6
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Very cool! I think I can use some 3" rigid foam and make something very equivalent for my saw table. I'm only needing to make rip cuts along one wall in 2 small rooms.
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If the cuts aren't exposed, why not just cut them with a grinder a 4" blade? A good blade is around $50. I just set the tile on a work table with some towels or foam to absorb the vibration and to keep the tile from sliding around.
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I've never used one of these, but it should work. YOu'd want to use a saw guide if you needed a really straight cut and avoid cracking the tile.

Anyone tried one of these? Others (used to?) make similar ones.
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Regardless of how you cut it, draw a straight line on masking tape. I find that it works pretty good.
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All great suggestions. I have a 4" and 7" diamond blade I can try dry cutting with. If that doesn't work well enough I'll rig up a foam base with my large framing square and run the planks under my wet saw with a helper to support the long end as it comes thru the blade. All the cuts will be under base so it wont need to be perfect.
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Dampening SLC before laying down medium set adhesive

What is the general feeling about putting down adhesive on dry concrete/SLC surfaces? Any advantages or disadvantages?
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Slc and concrete are usually pretty thirsty so definitely give it a sponge down as you go. You dont want water sitting on top just enough to change the color.
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Hold a wet sponge to the grinder blade as you cut.
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It doesn't hurt to wipe ALL surfaces prior to the application of thinset. It does make a bigger difference on some versus others. If nothing else, it should remove any dust that may be there.
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No such thing as "medium set adhesive" in the tile industry, Bruce. But for thinset mortars, even LHT versions, I agree with the others that a damp, but NOT wet, surface is always a good idea.

This for your porcelain plank installation?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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