A few questions about installing tile

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farmerjohn1324

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There is a space where I was told I need a threshold because of differences in elevation of the floor where it transitions between these two rooms. How do I install this correctly?

Also, some primer was put on this vinyl to make it ready for tile, but it was applied almost 2 months ago. Do I need to reapply the primer?

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Okay I found out I need a type of transition strip called a reducer. It's going from tile to tile, but I don't think they make the strips out of ceramic. Is wood my only option?
 

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What exactly do those three pictures have in common?

They are the same house.

Picture #1 shows the areas of different elevation.

Picture #2 shows the vinyl that the primer in Picture #3 was put on a few months ago.
 

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Can I mix thinset with a 20V DeWalt drill?

I'm going to be mixing in a 5 gallon bucket with a paddle that looks like this.... (pic attached).

Do I need something better like a driver?

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Can I mix thinset with a 20V DeWalt drill?

I'm going to be mixing in a 5 gallon bucket with a paddle that looks like this.... (pic attached).

Do I need something better like a driver?
That tool and wand will suffice for small quantities.
 
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I mixed thinset and layed 1800 sq ft of wood plank tile using an 18 volt DeWalt similar to what you have pictured.

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What was the reason for not removing the vinyl in the first place? Did I miss this?
 

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So as not to disturb asbestos.

At least according to 50% of the people that looked at it.
Does the dwelling predate the 50 & 60's, because that would have been the era when asbestos was last used as a binder in linoleum.

The elec. service photo you posted in another thread, post dates that.
 

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Does the dwelling predate the 50 & 60's, because that would have been the era when asbestos was last used as a binder in linoleum.

The elec. service photo you posted in another thread, post dates that.
Original construction was 1954.
 
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I would be concerned about the tile cracking with that vinyl under it. I may be wrong, but would certainly make sure the thinset had an elastic modified polymer in it. I purchased my thinset from Lowes since Home Depot did not carry it. (at the time, but it has been a few years and two knees ago when I did that job!)
 

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Original construction was 1954.
Thanks.

Asbestos only becomes dangerous when it is friable, IE, airborne, so I would have, depending upon size of the area, rented a compressor and the flooring stripper, dampened the area and removed it. Cut-back adhesive was no longer used in that era.
 

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Thanks.

Asbestos only becomes dangerous when it is friable, IE, airborne, so I would have, depending upon size of the area, rented a compressor and the flooring stripper, dampened the area and removed it. Cut-back adhesive was no longer used in that era.
Okay.

But in any event, should I reapply that primer?
 

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Okay.

But in any event, should I reapply that primer?
As it says on the container, it's a vinyl add-mix that causes non-modified thin set and grout to become water repellant, it also increases the adhesive properties as well as the work time.

Using the product as a primer creates a barrier and would limit or restrict the adhesive properties inherent in the thinset.
 
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