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Tile - Adhesive or thinset?

Hello,

So I'm tilling the front hallway (just about 4feet in from the door).... when I went to home depot, I bought some Tile Adhesive by mistake. I used the adhesive since I had it. Now unfortunately, when I stepped on one tile, it cracked. This is probably due to my lousy tile-work, or is it because the glue set's too hard and uneven?
Any tips/suggestions are highly appreciated.

-Rich

A. Spruce
Re: Tile - Adhesive or thinset?

It could be many things. You may have used the wrong type of tile, porcelain doesn't hold up well to traffic. The substrate may be uneven, causing a pocket under the tile. You may not have used enough adhesive to fully coat the back of the tile, leaving a portion unsupported. If on slab, the slab may have cracked and it's telegraphed through the tile. A pre-existing crack that wasn't addressed prior to the tile would cause the same problem. Whether replacing the tile will cure the problem or not will depend on what caused the problem.

Re: Tile - Adhesive or thinset?

Thanks... I'm pulling the tile out tonight and see if anything looks "uneven"... although I think I did purchase a porcelaine tile! I could swear the box said "for flooring", but could be makeing that up. No preference on whether to use thinset or adhesive?
Thank you

A. Spruce
Re: Tile - Adhesive or thinset?

I've used both. Adhesive is easier to use, IMHO. I like the "sticky" factor, particularly when setting wall tile such as a shower surround. Most of the floors I've done have been with thinset. It's probably the best product for floors since it dries completely hard where adhesive tends to be just ever so slightly gooey/soft when cured.

Re: Tile - Adhesive or thinset?

Thanks again. Now I understand why there is an odd feeling that the glue is not 100% set. Oh well. Live and learn. Next time I'll use Thinset on flors and keep the adhesive for the bathroom project.

A. Spruce
Re: Tile - Adhesive or thinset?

You're welcome. :cool:

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