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Old 06-13-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Tile Won't Stick

I recently pulled up linoleum on the top landing of my basement wood staircase. My first tiling adventure; I tried to lay ceramic tile, but it wont stick. I started with straight grey mortar with latex reinforcer, didn't work. I tried the recommended consistency, but it wouldn't set. After 3 tries, I'm ready to start over with a different adhesive. GLUE? I don't know what the problem is. Help?


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Old 06-14-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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What do you mean it won't stick? What are you laying tile on? Wood, linoleum, cement?

Did you use a product like hardibacker before you tried to lay tile? Are you mixing per the instructions? I just add water to german specs. good-e-nuff

Laying down with a trowel right? Holding the trowel at a 90? Is the mud nice and thick? Not too loose?

How are the tiles not "sticking" are you laying on the floor and they come up? On a wall and they fall off? We need more info! :D



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Old 06-14-2012, 05:17 AM   #3
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Is your steps pine wood? That's probably why they won't stick to pine no matter what u use.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:29 AM   #4
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Tile has to go down on a surface designed to allow the bedding mortar to grab. It will not grab on linoleum or finished wood. The best practice is to lay down a sheet of cement backer board or tiling membrane like ditra. Tile is a rigid product, you cannot mount it to anything that moves. Wood by itself is going to have too much give. So even if you did get it to 'stick' you'd have problems (soon) with the flexing causing the tile and mortar to crack.
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Definitely need more info to help.

What was left when you pulled the linoleum up? Was there glue residue left? Did you do anything to prime?

If tiles simply aren't sticking it's all to do with your substrate.
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