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Old 11-18-2011, 10:05 AM   #16
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Morlain, I'm no expert, having done all of two tile jobs myself, but I'll share what I know.

First, you might also want to check the rest of your tiles to see if any are loose. If you take a screwdriver or hammer and tap the tiles with the handle, loose tiles will give a different hollow sound than secure ones.

Then, yes, you want full coverage on the tile. You need a notched trowel. They come with different size notches depending on the size of your tile. You can either spread it on the floor or you can spread it on the tile. First use the smooth side of the trowel to spread it, then use the notched edge to put the streaks in it. The streaks ensure even coverage of the thinset and better adhesion. And then press it firmly in place.

One other thing I will mention is to bring one of your old tiles with you when looking for new. You want to make sure there is no significant difference in the thickness of the tile. If anything, you probably want to look for a slightly thinner tile since you will be using more thinset than they did.

Lastly keep in mind that although you could be right that the reason for the failure was lack of thinset, there are other possibilities and there is no guarantee that this problem won't happen again.


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Hi Blondesense,
Do you live close to Salem MO? I would like some info about southern MO if you have the time.
Thanks for your post, the info was very helpful. Regards, Carole (morlaine)
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question about tile over tile

ceramic tile over existing tile

Hi, I have a question about installing ceramic in a bathroom. The room is 5x9. My original plan was to go over the old tile with new. The old tile is solid, flat, and over a mud bed. The problem that came up is that I removed the old tub because of leaks and found some of the 3/4 floor planks rotted. I had to replace them under the tub and had to go 1 full board into the existing tile. SoI had to remove 7" of the old tile and mud. I cut it out pretty clean with a diamond blade. So now I'm left with a void about 7' wide 3' deep to fill in next to the tub. What should I fill this in with and if cement how do I get it th bond to the side of the old tile and mud that was cut? what do I do to avoid this seam as a potential cracking area? Thanks Greg


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