too dry/wet thinset?


Old 09-22-00, 08:56 AM
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In the long run, what EXACTLY happens if thinset is applied too dry or too wet? I used a thinset with a "peanut butter" consistency. I pulled up a couple tiles while the thinset was still wet and the tiles weren't 90% covered but it was pretty difficult to pull them up. I imagine this room will be used moderately. Am I in trouble?
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Old 09-22-00, 10:19 PM
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Too dry: the thinset is stronger but suction bonding to the tile is poorer.
Too wet: the thinset is weaker and may crumble under load, however, suction bond between tile and thinset is generally greater.

Am I in trouble? I doubt it. If you had to choose between 100% coverage during installation and minor variations in the thinset consistency choose 100% coverage of the tile.
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