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        I am installing travertine tiles for my shower wall. How do I secure the tiles to the wall to ensure they don't fall down while the thinset is drying?
         
        Posts: 6 | Registered: Apr 17, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        using the right thinset helps. we fouled up once with the wrong stuff on a small surface, and it was a battle of sliding tile. ask and read the brochures at the store, but I think type 2 is what you're looking for (been long enough that I forgot.)


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5858 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Or your thinset is the wrong consistency. If everything is mixed up correctly, you should be able to lay a full height of tile on a shower surround in one pass. Sometimes if you have large and heavier tiles you may want to run them half way up, let it cure and then put in the rest.

        But if your tiles are falling off the wall then you either have the wrong thinset or it's not mixed to the right consistency. It should be about like peanut butter - so that it holds the shape of a notched trowel. And speaking of trowels - are you using the right size for the tile size? Tile bigger than 8" x 8" will need a 1/4" square notched trowel. Small tile will need a slightly smaller notch.


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        Posts: 10483 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        thinset mortar (as all mortar) has a curious property in that once you have mixed it, you have to let it sit 15 minutes to slake up, and then mix again before using. it's a lime thing. if it doesn't incorporate enough water, it's slimy.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
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