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Old 02-29-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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This is a simple question. What trowel do I use for spreading the thin-set over the cement board to secure the porcelain tile?
The sub-floor was flat and cement board has been screwed down with thin-set applied to secure it. The seams were taped and filled with thin-set. A floor warming mat partially covers the floor. The 12 X 12 porcelain tile is a quarter inch thick. I will be using Versabond fortified thin-set.


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Hi,

There's a few things that apparently you haven't learned yet and I hope you know more than what it appears you do at this time.

First, to accurately answer your question you also have to tell us at minimum the thickness, and size of the tiles. There's more info that would help too. Like how flat if the floor? Did you check that? How about the framing and subfloor?

Also you have to spread thin set under the cement board, fasten and tape. What specific thin set will you be using?

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A 12x12 tile can be used with a 1/4x3/8 notched trowel.


Jaz, looks like op has already said what thin set being used and tile size.
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He added it to the original post by editing---Mike---
AHA........he was trying to trick me.

OK good, I agree the 1/4x3/8x1/4 is the best choice. I see you also edited that you spread thin set under the CBU and seams taped.

How are you gonna deal with the 1/8+ thickness of the warming mat on part of the floor?

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I agree the 1/4 x 3/8 notched trowel would be sufficient to lay the tiles, but you will have to either back butter the tiles that are not over the warming mat to bring them up to the same height or self level the whole floor before tiling.
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I guess back butter won't hurt... I don't think it has much to do with hight though.
Maybe JazMan can answer that better as I only butter wall tiles 13x13 or bigger.
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Back-buttering isn't going to remedy the floor issue. I suspect the OP was going to apply SLC or something to make the floor flat first......hopefully.

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