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Old 01-17-2013, 12:21 AM   #31
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JazMan,

I finally got back to this. I cut out the Ditra, leaving about 3/4" inset from the surrounding tile, so that I'd have the edges of the old and new tile resting on the same piece of Ditra.

Where the Ditra had puckered up, the plywood was as clean as a whistle. Elsewhere, the thinset had stuck to the plywood OK.

I looked at the Ditra I'd cut out and decided to toss it -- between the clinging thinset and damage, it wasn't worth keeping. The scraps I have could cover the cut out area, but it'd have to be done in three pieces. I took up the suggestion to call around and think I've found a place that'll give me a piece big enough for my needs.

I'm still nervous about putting down the Ditra with thinset. I know it's the right process, but I'm leery of my skills in pulling it off. Since this new Ditra will be inset from the edges of the tile and thus won't be supporting those edges but rather the "field" of the tile, can I use something else to secure the Ditra? Perhaps the ready mix adhesive they sell as a substitute for thinset? Glue? Construction spray-on adhesive (e.g., 3M "61" spray adhesive; I know it sounds a bit dumb, but this is a tiny area that'll be kept in place by the surrounding Ditra, and I'm pretty sure the 3M product will stick to plywood unlike the thinset)?

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:09 AM   #32
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I'm still nervous about putting down the Ditra with thinset. I know it's the right process, but I'm leery of my skills in pulling it off. Since this new Ditra will be inset from the edges of the tile and thus won't be supporting those edges but rather the "field" of the tile, can I use something else to secure the Ditra?
I think you're overthinking this. I'm not exactly sure from your post what your concern is regarding "support", but it's not a big deal. Just watch a Schluter video showing how to lay Ditra. It's not very difficult and you don't have to have 100% coverage up to the millimeter. Anything that's missed will be filled in by thinset and even if it's not, that's where the grout goes anyway, right? Let's git 'r done. Once the Ditra is down, fill in all the waffle holes with thinset. Then you can back butter the tiles and use the trowel on the back side of the tile instead of on the floor. Put the tile down and press it down and see if the height against the other tiles is right. If too high, pull up the tile and retrowel to take a little of the thinset away. Otherwise, add a bit more. Common sense stuff.
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Richard, Do you have the proper thinset as per Schluter and Jazman? If so, trust that it will work. And you will do just fine. I'll go out on a limb and say that if you have the right thinset and trowel, the Ditra is almost idiot proof.

Not saying you are an idiot, sorry if it came off that way.
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Richard,

You can use a single piece or pieces of Ditra that are an inch square, doesn't matter Ditra is not structural. Just cut the pieces to fit and stick em down. Use modified thinset ONLY. 3M spray adhesive? What?

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pretty sure the 3M product will stick to plywood unlike the thinset)?
I don't know why the thinset didn't stick to the ply in that one spot. Do you think maybe you had anything to do with that? Modified thinset sticks to plywood just fine.

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