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Old 11-10-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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applying adhesive for commercial floor tiling


i have a small area in which to set some commercial floor tiles (Armstrong). i was wondering how to apply the adhesive. should i use a tiling trowel for the floor to ensure an even amount everywhere or a regular putty knife is OK? i am concerned to not be able to get the adhesive off my tiling trowel.

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You forgot to say which adhesive it is. OK, definitely not a putty knife. You need a trowel with the correct notches to it leaves the correct amount. It's also likely that the adhesive may be a brushable type. So cheap brush or roller.

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May not want to use notches, may just need a wavy-edged trowel. Some trowels cost about two bucks, use it and throw it away.
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I agree with Jazman..putty knife is not good. If its VCT and you are using a standard mastic adhesive I would go with a 3/16 x3/16 V-notch trowel. Make sure you have a pail of water and a sponge readily available for clean joints
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I would go with a 3/16 x3/16 V-notch trowel.
WHOAH THERE!

You definitely don't want to use a 3/16" notched trowel with VCT tile.
NO WAY.
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1/16 x 1/32 x 5/64 U notch trowel.
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I agree with Jazman..putty knife is not good. If its VCT and you are using a standard mastic adhesive I would go with a 3/16 x3/16 V-notch trowel.
Thanks for agreeing with me, but........................3/16" is way too much. You'd have adhesive oozing between the seams and dents all over. Use the one Rusty recommends, or brush. Apply thin, let dry until tacky, then set tiles.

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EEK! I stand corrected..thanks guys. At least I prompted more answers
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You forgot to say which adhesive it is.
Here we go: Armstrong S-750

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http://www.armstrong.com/flooring/fl...duct-50750.asp
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