A few questions about installing tile

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  1. Nov 24, 2017 #1

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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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  2. Nov 30, 2017 #2

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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?
     
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    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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    The mortar add-mix is not a primer.

    It enhances the performance of non-modified thinsets and grouts.

    See here under limitations; http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/TDS/TDS-175.pdf
     
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    That tool and wand will suffice for small quantities.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2017 #11

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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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    Cool.

    Do you know if I should reapply the primer?
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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    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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    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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    Okay.

    But in any event, should I reapply that primer?
     
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    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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