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Old 05-23-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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time to apply thinset changed? mix different now?


Its been a few years since I did a tile job (05') but after setting up my tile job (bathtube, hardyboard, redguard waterprf) I'm running into a real issue with my thinset drying out well before I'm finished with my mix amount. I seem to remember having 30-45 mins to get it on the surface but that doesnt seem to be the case now?

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Exactly what brand and name---You may have grabbed a bag of rapid set by mistake---

45 minutes to a bucket (more or less ) is typical---hot water will shorten the set time,too.

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Exactly what brand and name---You may have grabbed a bag of rapid set by mistake---

45 minutes to a bucket (more or less ) is typical---hot water will shorten the set time,too.
standard bag of versabond flex fortified thin-set. I thought maybe the bag was old so bought another from a lumber yard (with a quicker lot turn over) but had the same result. I thought maybe I had bought speedset as well, and even switched to a bottle water mix (cold) which helped a little. I just remember the window from mix to wall being much more forgiving then this and thought I would ask.




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Odd--I've used that--usually plenty of open time---is it hotter than usual in your neck of the woods?
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Fortified thinset has polymers in the mix unlike regular modified thinset and unmodified takes for ever to dry therefore not recommended to use under objects unless outside.
Anyways I once had to level out a bathroom floor almost 1/4" dip in one side the only thing I had to do it with was modified thinset and poly milk mix
Long story short I was trying to beat the clock the stuff was drying up on me so fast cuz I added the mix that I never thought I was going to make it work.
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