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Old 09-26-2011, 07:44 AM   #1
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At 7:00 this morning I'm headed over to my bro-in-law's house to lay ceramic tile in a small entry area.

Very straightforward job. Basic thinset, troweled onto long-ago cured concrete. Plenty of ventilation. It's supposed to be about 75 & sunny here today. I anticipate having the tile on by about 10:00 - 10:30 AM.

How soon can grout this tile?
I ask, because I'd love to go over later tonight (maybe 9:00 PM), get it grouted, and be done with it. My "regular job" schedule is such that I won't be able to get back there until late this week.

Is this possible, or should I just get that dumb idea out of my head & figure on doing it at a later date?

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If you use regular modified thinset you should wait 12 to 14 hours---so no grout today.

However if you use rapid set you can get it grouted in two hours.

A word to the wise---rapid set has a very short pot life----(kind of like Durrabond)--

Make your cuts first----number the tiles----mix mud and set fast---

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If you use regular modified thinset you should wait 12 to 14 hours---so no grout today.

However if you use rapid set you can get it grouted in two hours.

A word to the wise---rapid set has a very short pot life----(kind of like Durrabond)--

Make your cuts first----number the tiles----mix mud and set fast---
I'm nowhere near that good. Looks like I'll be grouting later in the week.
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You asked---
Well... The tile is down. Pain in the rump. Turns out the concrete floor was not exactly smooth & level - if ya know what I mean. But when it's all done, the floor will be a lot nicer than it was.
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