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Old 08-11-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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Anyone know where to find a 5/16" x 5/16" V Notched Trowel?


I cannot find a trowel of this size to save my life.....Installing Ditra on plywood and this is the recommended size by Schluter. The other recommended size of 1/4" x 3/16" v notched is not very popular among installers since it does not leave enough mortar on the plywood. Any suggestions or variations of trowel size that would work is appreciated. Thanks all for your opinions!

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Old 08-11-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Schluter seems to have a problem telling the same story more than ounce. Their website states the trowel sizes above but their catalogue for July 09 says:11/64" X 11/64"V" or 1/8" X 1/8" square.

A few years ago I was having a problem with whatever trowel they wanted you to use back then. I experimented on my own and found that the 1/8" X 1/8" square notch was the best. Imagine, little ole me. I began to post my findings everywhere on the Internet and low and behold, look what Schluter says now.

NOW, the 1/8" square notch is the hot ticket.

You can find all of those things you want in the wood flooring department at any big box. You won't find them in the tile isle tho.

Go figure!

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If an 1/8 x 1/8 u notch will work, you can find those in the carpet dept. They are used for unitary direct glue.
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I'm in the same boat with the trowel merry-go-round. Schluter's first recommendations for Ditra and Kerdi was 1/4x3/16 V. After a few Ditra jobs I thought this was not enough, so I used my side grinder to cut large V's. Some time later they revised the spec to also include 5/16 V. Heck, they still recommended both, but there's a lot of difference between 1/4x3/16 and 5/16.

Now as Bud said they want us to use a 11/64 square for Ditra and a 1/8 square for Kerdi. WTF! BTW, 11/64 is just a hair shy of 3/16".

I think this may be my first question to the Schluter people when I see them this October.

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Great info guys!!! That is exactly what I was looking for. I will be buying the 1/8 x 1/8 square notch trowel at the big box for this project!
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I will be buying the 1/8 x 1/8 square notch trowel...
It'll work fine - TRUST ME.

Just for fun I can tell you the Schluter trowel (and a mighty nice trowel it is by the way) lists for around $16, however, I'm thinking a guy can find a basic trowel the same size in a wood flooring department for around four bucks (D-handle). Guess which one I own.

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