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Old 07-03-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Choosing Trowel Size Depending On The Tile Size


I have a upcoming project with 16*24 Turkish travertine stones for 6000 sf. floors and 18*18 same stone for shower walls.
New home, all flat and will be using Whisper Mat crack isolation membrane over subfloor. Noble TS for handicapped style showers.Tuscan leveling system w 1/8" grout lines.
I have seen discussions about trowel size and shapes (square and U-shape)
Will back butter all.
Am I safe going with 1/2*1/2*1/2 trowel size? Square or U-shape?
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: Choosing Trowel Size Depending On The Tile Size


Anything 18" and over we have been using 3/4" u notch on floors.
If your walls are that flat you could maybe use that 1/2".

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Depends on how flat the substrate is, how well gauged the tile is, and how much coverage you are getting.
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I would start with the 1/2x1/2x1/2. Pick up tiles and check your coverage. Should be 80% for the dry areas and 95% for the wet.

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I wouldn't mind doing 6000 ft of stone...
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I have done 24x24 with 1/2" 1/8" grout joint,prepped the floor real good and had no problems while working with the level next to me at all times to make sure all is flat and where the concrette variates.

BUT!!!! I would of rather done the job with 3/4" trowel for sure,anything from 20x20 and up tile use 3/4" trowel!!!!!!!!!! work is much easier like that.
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I'd use 3/4" x 9/16" x 3/8"

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