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size of notched trowel for porcelain tiles

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by marlb, 6 Jan 2017.

  1. marlb

    marlb

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    Hi,

    I am planning to tile the floor and walls of my bathroom. Can anyone advise on the depth of the adhesive for the floor and walls. What size notched trowel should I use for the wall and floor? The tiles are 11mm thick. I have already tanked etc and the adhesive will be BAL maxiflex.

    Many thanks
     
  2. vinn

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    Ask the tile shop or Mfr if the porcelain is suitable to use with a grey adhesive?
    Keep the grout joins clean, and clear of adhesive.

    I use a 6mm notched steel trowel for just about everything residential. But you can use a 10mm notched trowel on floors if you want a thicker bed of adhesive.

    First use the flat edge of the trowel to apply a tight skim coat to the wall or the floor surface, & then comb across it with the notched edge of the trowel - do the same on the back of the porcelain tile (its known as buttering the tile).

    FWIW: I comb horizontal on the wall, and comb all the same direction whichever way on the floor.
     
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  4. marlb

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    Many thanks Vinn I will ask ref the grey adhesive.
     
  5. chappers

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    the size of the notch depends on the size of the tile, essentially the bigger the tile the bigger the trowel, what size are the tiles.
    As vinn says 6 and 10mm should cover most eventualities
     
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