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Old 04-01-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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mortor mix verses thinset

I have 500 sq ft of mexican satillo tile i want to set on a concrete floor (covered patio). I would like to know if i can use a mortar mix rather than a thinset and if so do i add anything to the mortar. I have experimented and found that the tile absorbs the moisture so quickly you don't have time to set the correct spacing. I would appreciate any advice.

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:14 PM   #2
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mortor mix verses thinset

I gotta admit I'm not a saltillo expert, but my understanding is that when installing saltillo, one dips each tile in a bucket of water prior to setting it so it won't suck the water out of the mortar.

I don't know about the mortar mix... I think thinset and a trowel with fat notches, like 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 would be the way to go.

Maybe someone else here has more information.... Jazman? You out there?

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Thank you i will try a couple of tiles and see if that works. I am still interested in any info on the mortar mix question. gmf123
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Did you ever try the mortar mix? Did the tile stick?
I'm going to try it in the bathroom with 4 tiles. I did some repairs and the floor not high enough. Going to level with mortar and place tile in mortar. Hope it sticks.
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