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Old 02-12-2006, 04:06 PM   #16
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"Just add water - I am using water and a putty knife to bring up the old tile-set"
Do you mean the water softens the cement or it keeps the dust down? It shouldn't soften the cement after 2 weeks in use. :confused: Please let me know.

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Old 02-12-2006, 04:30 PM   #17
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It softened the trowel peaks and the putty knife scraped the rest down. The tile has only been down a week. I am ready to lay the tile now. What steps should I follow?
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Jayme, Good work, now lets move on,
1/ Be sure the plywood is dry. When wet it expands and we don't want it to shrink after the tile is in place.
2/ Remember to vac. the area, this will remove any dust that could cause a bond breaker.
3/ Mix the thinset per instructions on bag.
4/ Follow instructions RE: slake time. This is important for the chemicals to properly react and do their thing Remember the manufacturer has a reason for their instructions, and every manufacturer has a slightly different formula than its competetors. Its what makes the world go around and everyone different:D
5/ To answer your other question, "how do you burn in to the tile?" Take the backside or smooth end of the trowel and spread some thinset onto or into (whichever) the tile and removing the excess with the flat side of the trowel. If there is enough room on the floor to spread the thinset, do so with the same method as above. If it is only one tile here and there, then I usually burn in to the floor and "backbutter" the tile. Backbuttering is spread thinset on back of tile with flat side of trowel and then comb the thinset with the notched side. Notches should be in one direction only.
6/ If notches run north south, place tile and slide east west to notches or rows. This will layover the ridges or rows of thinset removing trapped air greating close to 100% coverage or bond. Thats what you should be shooting for. Don't have to slide a great distance, just back and forth motion. This will help make it flush with the pieces next to it.
7/ Clean up excess thinset when wet. It's Easier now!
8/ Relax, stay away from the tiles, don't step on them:D
9/ Open bottle of chilled wine and enjoy! Grrouting can happen another day. You did chill the wine, right?

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Old 02-12-2006, 05:56 PM   #19
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Its been proven that burning in to the substrate increases the bond by as much as 50%. Just a little Factoid to toss out there.
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