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Old 03-08-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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doing a shower with little 2x2 octagon tile and man is it a pain in the boote'. i've been useing a 1/4 1/4 square notch and got some thinset coming through the cracks. is a 1/4 1/4 what you would use or should i swap over to a v notch?
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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I use a 1/4 x 1/4 notch mix my thinset a little loose. Set the tile and smack it with a float. Then take a old paint brush dipped in water and wash out the joints. THAT A GREAT TIP...ANY more and ya have to fill up my gas tank

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I like the painbrush idea. Is that a common thing that all tile guys know or is that a Dan trick of the trade?
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its a top secret tile trick man. I use a paint brush on just about all my tile now. Wash the joints down the day you are installing and almost never do you have to cut out thinset the next day. i have alot of good tips up in the crazy head of mine.
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1/4x1/4 seems very big for 2x2 tiles. you could get away with a smaller one. maybe 3/16 V notch. If it starts to squeeze out the joints, I know I'm using too big of a trowel.
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on a shower floor the more coverage the better. I also forgot to say i use a worn 1/4x1/4 trowel. I have torn out many and many shower floors with 3/16 v notch with no bond. I would rather be safe than sorry
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could get away with it for walls in a shower though. i always pull back the tiles and check. the last thing I need is to worry about pushing some tiles in more than others and you don't get a perfectly flat surface.
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are you wet setting your tile into fresh mud??? I set my tile on the mud floor after it has dried for at least a day. i also tap them down with a float or a small level. just giving a tip of trade amigo
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i'm not talking about a new mud base. i'm talking about putting 2x2 tiles on a shower wall. i don't think he stated that this was a shower base only.

but to answer your question, i don't tile onto a fresh thick mud bed. i let that part set up. and come back the next day to tile to that with thinset.

the mud base is mortar. last several jobs though were tub surrounds or shower bases, fiberglass.
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well on wall i have another trick to keep matte sheets flat. make a wooden hawk basiclly. if the sheet is 12 x 12 make it 14 x 14 out of plywood with a small handle. Spread thinset and then take the sheet and flop in on the plywoood and press onto the wall. It works and gets good coverage very good coverage. then brush out the joints and smile


ok that is TIP TWO...........gas is getting cheap
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i just normally smooth those 12x12 mats out with my hand and then make sure they are all spaced and positioned perfectly. unless it's an tile that's not meant to have perfect grout lines.
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doing a shower with little 2x2 octagon tile and man is it a pain in the boote'. i've been useing a 1/4 1/4 square notch and got some thinset coming through the cracks. is a 1/4 1/4 what you would use or should i swap over to a v notch?
1/4x1/4 on a 2x2 sheet tile....

Dude V-notch 1/8x1/8 is the way to go with this size of tile.

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