Need help mixing Thinset

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Old 02-15-04, 10:40 PM
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Question Need help mixing Thinset

When I try to mix Thinset, I am using an electric drill with a paddle that was bought specifically to mix Thinset. I have 3 different drills, and they all start smoking while I am mixing it. I am mixing a 50 # bag in a 5- gallon bucket. I put all the water in and slowly added Thinset. When the mixture got half-way mixed, the drills smoke. Any suggestions??
 
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Old 02-16-04, 06:08 AM
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1-Mix 1/2 a bag at a time.
2-buy a new milwaukee 1/2" drill
3-Mix it loose to begin with and add a bit more powder.let it slake for 6-8 minutes then add a splash of water,remix and start setting tile.Good Luck!!
 
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Old 02-16-04, 08:52 AM
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I just mix it by hand with a trowel.
 
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Old 02-18-04, 04:15 AM
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l/2 bag works just fine. If I add as much water/thinset as it calls for, it is so thick, I can hardly spread it on the floor. I can get those ridges from the trowel to stand up real well without adding the entire half bag of thinset. Does this sound ok?
 
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Old 02-18-04, 01:40 PM
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use a metal paint mixer instead of the paddle. much easier on drill. also only mix 1/3 or so of a bag at once.
 
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Old 02-18-04, 04:38 PM
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Yesterday, while I was gone to work, my dad brought over a SERIOUS drill, very heavy. Once I got it hooked up and the blade in the bucket, I didn't have any trouble. Think I will try mixing less. What about my mix? I don't want it to be weak, but if I mix l/2 bag to 3 quarts of water, I can barely scoop it out of the bucket. Does it need to be that thick?
 
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Old 02-18-04, 04:39 PM
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Originally posted by hoopers
Yesterday, while I was gone to work, my dad brought over a SERIOUS drill, very heavy. Once I got it hooked up and the blade in the bucket, I didn't have any trouble. Think I will try mixing less. What about my mix? I don't want it to be weak, but if I mix l/2 bag to 3 quarts of water, I can barely scoop it out of the bucket. Does it need to be that thick?
consistency of mayo. if you read the back just enough so it stands when raked
 
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Old 02-18-04, 04:56 PM
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I use a 1/2" drill and a metal paint mixer to mix thinset in a bucket. Works great and the drill never breaks a sweat.

Follow the instructions on the bag regarding consistency. Their recipe will give you the strongest bond. Too wet or too dry weakens your bond.
 
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