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Old 02-26-2010, 02:06 AM   #1
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I recently learned that there are different trowel sizes for different jobs, was wondering which one i needed to lay 12" ceramic tiles?Thank you for your time

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Old 02-26-2010, 10:12 PM   #2
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Hi Clark,

I suggest you do some more research if you're going to install tiles yourself. If you want it to last anyway. I'm sure you do.

My standard trowel for 12" tiles is 1/4x3/8x1/4 square notch trowel. What are you going over and what adhesive will you be spreading with this trowel?

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cement, and modified thinset-do I need to prime the floor?
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OK, so the substrate is concrete. New, old, in between, anything every on it, is it flat enough for tile, and cracks.........? You never seal concrete for thin set, it has to be absorbent and you need to check for that.

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floor is about 12 years old, no flooring ever on it, dont know how to check for absorbancy!?Just got Kerpai ultra contact tile mortar(ok or not?)Thank you
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Mapei Ultra Contact is good stuff. How to check for absorbency? Try dripping some water on several spots and see it it soaks in after a few minutes or stays beaded.

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It looks like about 70/30, I let a puddle sit for about 10 min, most absorbed some didn't
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Puddle? You should be testing with drops not large amounts. Hard to tell when some soaks in if there's too much water. Use a cap full or less.

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ok, In some places the DROPS absorbed and some beaded(i put about 1 drop in 4 different areas). Oh and as for the cracks i covered them with mapeiguard, and floor is luckily all flat and level as well!

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