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Old 03-29-2016, 12:20 AM   #16
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I might consider using a leveling clip --'Lash by QEP' is an inexpensive system---those will help you avoid lippage on a slightly out of flat wall.
Oh my gosh. Thank you!
This might be perfect! I didn't even know they made these, and I'm guessing my friend didn't either, cause it might solve my problem!
Do you know the maximum...lippage(?) this would work for?
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What sort of crazy problems are you trying to cover up that this won't fix?
I really hope my friend just over-reacted to my contractors "sloppy work". I have no idea. First project and I thought "it can't be that hard". Famous last words.
I tried to get some decent pictures of the...bumps. I hope it's something I can just fix as I go.
Edited to add - I didn't realize they made those clips. From these photos, should that do the trick? Thanks so much!
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They are a great help with the larger tiles---some extra thinset may be needed behind a few tiles---I use them on walls---

You still want as flat a wall as you can get before you start setting.
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It was sloppy work, however pic 1 simply looks like a tapered joint, pic 2 looks like a bump that isn't too bad, pic 3 is a small ridge that should be OK, pic 4 looks pretty small, and I'm not sure what pic 5 is but I admit that one looks pretty bad. All of that seems beatable with proper thinset application IMO. The last one might need some additional care, I'm not sure. If you're worried about them you can apply some thinset ahead of time to flatten them out. Personally I would probably only do that for the last one.
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Oh my gosh. Thank you!
This might be perfect! I didn't even know they made these, and I'm guessing my friend didn't either, cause it might solve my problem!
Do you know the maximum...lippage(?) this would work for?
Don't get carried away. They are not really intended to solve that problem. You should still consider using them, but listen to Mike's followup post after that. You don't want to leave a bunch of hollow spots underneath the tile.
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I missed the pictures---that wall is a mess--

I don't think you can tile over that without flattening it out---

Was your crack fill the cause of the humps?
The thinset fill only needed to be flush with the rock---

You may have some grinding to do---that is a mess.
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Don't get carried away.
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Ok. Going to get thinset to flatten out what I can.

How long after this application can I start on tiling?

How do we feel about rapid setting tile mortar?
I have to be completely done by Thursday. They are coming for a re-appraisal. It's go time.

How long after tiling can you grout?

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I would recommend against fast setting thinset unless you are exprienced and/or don't mind mixing and cleaning multiple batches in a day. The fast setting thinset would be a good idea for filling in some of those areas before tiling though, if you want to do it ahead of time. Then follow the instructions - you can usually tile a couple hours after. After tiling with standard thinset, 12 hours should be OK to grout.
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It would also be good to know what type of tile is going on. The heavier natural stones shouldn't really be set more than 3 rows at a time due to their weight.

I like to use versabond, kerabond when a unmodified thinset is called for. In this case, versabond is the ticket and the big box stores tend to carry.
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I like to use versabond, kerabond when a unmodified thinset is called for. In this case, versabond is the ticket and the big box stores tend to carry.
I'm curious why you'd recommend Kerabond (Mapei) over CustomBlend (Custom Building Products), but you'd recommend VersaBond (Custom Building Products) over Ultraflex (Mapei). (By the way, I'd consider the Mapei products to be better quality in both cases.)
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It's strictly a matter of convenience for me and the order in which I have learned things. Figuring out which thin sets are "unmodified" was more difficult than I had hoped, leaving me googling in the aisles. But, now I know where to go to pick up each product, which happen to be in different store, but within a couple hundred feet of each other.
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What store are you finding Kerabond in? I do most of my shopping at Home Depot, so it's annoying to travel for Kerabond. Lowes used to carry Mapei, but they've switched to a brand called TEC. They don't carry a TEC unmodified in my local stores, and even if they did I've tried it and don't like it.
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Floor & Decor. I'm fortunate to have Lowe's, HD and F&D right next to each other.
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