Replacing loose tiles in countertop


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Old 03-10-05, 05:25 AM
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Replacing loose tiles in countertop

I have a few 4 inch tiles that have come loose on an old countertop. The base is a 1 inch mortar bed. What can I use to stick the tiles back down to the mortar bed?
 
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Old 03-10-05, 12:43 PM
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Is the mortar bed cracked under these tiles? Can you tell what caused the tiles to come loose? Were they set in a cement or a glue?
To directly answer your question use a modified thinset to reseat the tile, but first lets find out why they came loose in the first place so it doesn't just happen again. It's possible there may be others about ready to let go.
 
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Old 03-11-05, 01:28 PM
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The mortar bed does not appear to be cracked. The tiles do not appear to have been glued. There is not much stuck to the back of them. I suspect that the cause is from water seeping in through the grout which is 40 years old. I was enlarging the cutout for a new cooktop and the vibration probably helped loosen them. There are other tiles that sound hollow underneath so this is likely to be a more-or-less temporary fix.
 
 

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