Tiling Shower wall, Grout drying too fast.

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Old 07-30-16, 10:58 PM
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Question Tiling Shower wall, Grout drying too fast.

I am grouting a Bathroom wall, The Grout is setting up way too fast, By time I get one row of tiles grouted, It is already starting to Dry. Also the Grout is falling off the Float because it is starting to set up, I am using a Sanded grout mixed with Stainmaster Enhanced Grout mix. I mix it to a Peanut Butter consistancy, But by time I start to Appy, It is much thicker. What can I do, I feel like giving up but I can, Got to get this done.
 
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Old 07-31-16, 04:53 AM
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Peanut butter consistency is too thick for grout. It needs to be a little more loose so you can press it into the cracks. What width joint do you have? Why would you use this additive instead of water? Reading the reviews would have run me away.
 
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Old 07-31-16, 05:54 AM
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What brand of grout and what size grout lines are you working with?
 
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Old 07-31-16, 11:24 AM
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1/4" Grout lines, My Girlfriend Purchased the Grout and the Mixer, It is a Sanded Grout, Not sure of the Brand right now. I think She bought that mix because of it not needing to be sealed.
 
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I see a few problems here, first, grout is too thick. second, nothing should be added to the grout if it has the additives already, doing that will cause the grout to dry faster and weaken it. third, after mixing the grout with water, let it set for a few minutes (called "slaking") then remix it. that way it stays loose for longer and insures a good mix.
 
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