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Old 04-04-2017, 09:49 PM   #21
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I'm confused as to when the VCT was laid and when the VCT raised up?

Was their a constant temp above 65?
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Old 04-05-2017, 04:42 AM   #22
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It was over plywood.
I was thinking the glue went bad as we had over weekend the house got cold this winter. Like 30 degrees.
Came in on Monday and had to address that issue first thing.
I guess I will have to figure it out somehow.

By the way, I knew you would pick up on this and give me some answers, thanks.
I've been in Southern California 30 years now but I started the trade in New England roughly 10 years before that and even then there were some problems with FREEZE/THAW on the adhesives. The cheaper quality multi-purpose glues would go dead if the froze solid.

Like I said. I wasn't ruling out the possibility of a glue related failure. I just never saw that with VCT---------because when I was in New England 30 years ago we used TAR (cutback) for VCT and at least a half a dozen time I can recall sweeping snow off the slab or even off the cutback and then laying the VAT/VCT without batting an eyelash.

Life is much simpler for flooring guys when the problems are TOO MUCH heat 9-10 months a year. We had extreme cold here this year where I had some big problems on a job in Long Beach in January due to it being 40-45 degrees in the mornings and I couldn't figure out why things weren't working out right. Only in retrospect was I able to recognize that I was foolish to expect to do the job they wanted me to do without the HVAC up and running.

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I'm confused as to when the VCT was laid and when the VCT raised up?

Was their a constant temp above 65?
Originally the VCT was laid last fall and the temp was continually above 65 degrees, with the exception of one weekend in February when the furnace stopped working.

The original was torn outlast week and new plywood was laid and new VCT was laid on Monday of this week.
This is when the new problem showed up. It has been above 65 in the house since then, in fact I raised the thermostat to 72.

understand now?
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:43 AM   #24
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OK, guys here we go again.

The VCT tile was removed, new plywood installed with luan installed over it.
All directions from the VCT, Tarket was followed in laying new floor. Glue directions were followed, Mappei(sp) were followed.
heat was on in the house until recently.
The problem is the tile is not tenting at seams.

My gut feeling is that the glue used is bad.
Anyone else have any ideas?
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My opinion is that somehow the tiles got wet and they were not sealed at the time of installation which is a number one mistake in my books.
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They were not sealed as the kitchen has not been finished and the homeowner acting as GC wanted t wait.
I have done this before without this happening and did not see that waiting would cause this problem. No one has been on the floor since it was laid so water on it is not an issue.
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Did you use the same glue or did you buy a new batch? if you used the same old glue that you thought might be bad that was your problem. get a new batch of glue and turn up the heat.
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Could be that the luan is the problem. Some luan won't accept adhesive very well.
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Knowing that before, I used different brand this tie around.
We have turned on the in floor heating system to see if we can get the glue towork.

I still think we have got bad glue, new container used, same brand.

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