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Old 04-18-2017, 09:55 PM   #1
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Have a job coming up, 120 square feet of polished marble wall tile.

I normally use the RLS. I'm concerned about the wedges scratching the marble.

What I'm considering getting are the green bases with the separate strap, pressure caps with rubber feet, setting tool.

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Old 04-18-2017, 10:04 PM   #2
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Try some test pieces first? Maybe slip some masking paper under the wedges??

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Could test the set up once I get to the job. Won't be installing tile until a few weeks after.

Looked at the MLT website, they now have a plate for stone and marble.

I have some UHMW sheet I could cut up for under the wedges----huummmm

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Tom you are looking at one of the few job scenarios Where MLT is the best choice. I use between 3-5000 RLS clips a month and am a vocal supporter of them but If I had that job coming up I would pick up a MLT starter kit. (More likely borrow one of my buddies and pick up 500 clips and give him the left overs.
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At first I started with the Tornado system made by the same folks that produce the MLT System. It was horrible. I looked at all that was available at the time, and choose the MLT. Never regretted it. My gun does get sticky and won't release properly. Not a big deal but does slow me down. Nick was supposed to send me a new one and got my address, but never followed up, so they loose a star for customer service. What I really like is the fact that I can apply a good amount of pressure and everything stays straight. You will learn quickly how tight you can go before the stem snaps off. Something will be needed to protect soft shiny tiles though, for which there are options available from the manufacturer, or a lot of work could provide another solution.
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Tom you are looking at one of the few job scenarios Where MLT is the best choice. I use between 3-5000 RLS clips a month and am a vocal supporter of them but If I had that job coming up I would pick up a MLT starter kit. (More likely borrow one of my buddies and pick up 500 clips and give him the left overs.
Thanks. I'll see if they make a starter kit with the P3 plate.

I'll be using the RLS on the porcelain large format floor tiles.

Alas----I have no buddies or friends...

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They make plates for wedges systems. They work on LevTec, RLS, PLM... I will try and find the link.
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I bet those would help with preventing the wedges from pushing the tile apart too.

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I bet those would help with preventing the wedges from pushing the tile apart too.

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I never have that issue. I just shim in between the wall and tile and then push towards the wall. Occasionally I will tap the row with a mallet to tighten everything up.
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I never have that issue. I just shim in between the wall and tile and then push towards the wall. Occasionally I will tap the row with a mallet to tighten everything up.
Yeah it doesn't happen a lot but seems to more on tiles with a rougher surface.

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Yeah it doesn't happen a lot but seems to more on tiles with a rougher surface.

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I find it happens more when you are using your fingers vs the tool.
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They make plates for wedges systems. They work on LevTec, RLS, PLM... I will try and find the link.
Thank you, very much appreciated.

Looks like thats what I'm going with.

Hopefully the tile is gauged, if not will the "regular" plates work. Guess I'll find out.

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Ordered.

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I find it happens more when you are using your fingers vs the tool.
Not if you know how to use your fingers instead of the tool.

Push the top of the clip towards the wedge. Put a little pressure on the wedge and allow it to release the tension on the clip. Repeat until optimum tension is reached. The tile shouldn't move at all.
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Thank you, very much appreciated.

Looks like thats what I'm going with.

Hopefully the tile is gauged, if not will the "regular" plates work. Guess I'll find out.

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I've had the odd tile chip on the edge after hitting the clips off with a rubber mallet. Any thoughts on reducing this issue. Would the discs help. I use the t loc wedges a lot
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I've had the odd tile chip on the edge after hitting the clips off with a rubber mallet. Any thoughts on reducing this issue. Would the discs help. I use the t loc wedges a lot
Where are you hitting the clip?

Armen makes a nice mallet for tile. http://www.tavytools.com/2012mallet.html

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