Tile adhesive - Thinset or adhesive/grout combo?


Old 04-10-09, 07:18 PM
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Tile adhesive - Thinset or adhesive/grout combo?

I have been putting up ceramic tiles on my bathroom walls using an adhesive/grout combo (premixed in a bucket), and this seems to be doing a supurb job. Next, I will be laying these same 6x6's on the floor. My question is...Is there an advantage to using pre-mixed thinset vs. the adhesive/grout combo for ceramic tile on floors (as opposed to walls)?
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Old 04-10-09, 07:38 PM
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Personnaly, I would never use anything that comes in a bucket. I have seen too many installations fail because the "premix" never fully cures. I always use the portland based THINSET that comes in a bag. It costs less then the bucket of junk and does a way better job.
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Mark is absolutely right. Your pre-mixed mastic is only decent for areas like a kitchen backsplash. NEVER use it on floors or wet areas. Not only that, but you paid what? $30-40 for 3.5 gal? A decent modified thin set mortar starts at about $13 for a #50 which will mix up to over 5 gal. and will set up to 100 sq. ft.

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adhesive/grout combo (premixed in a bucket)
What will they think of next. As has been said, stay away from this stuff.

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