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Retrieved from http: When applied correctly, the tops of the glue ridges will come to sharp peaks and the glue at the bottom of the grooves will cover the subfloor. The floor structure beneath should be free of old adhesives, greasy or oily residue and loose paint.
Use only the type and brand of glue specified by the tile manufacturer. Skip to main content. Position the first tile at the chalk line intersection and align the two edges with the chalk lines carefully before pressing it down firmly. Ceramic floor tiles install with a thin mortar mix, and thin vinyl tiles feature peel-and-stick technology, but VCT, which is thick and durable, installs with tile glue.
But the bottom grooves will be so thin that the floor is slightly visible in the grooves. You can use a different wall, however, if the longest wall is not in clear view. This may vary, depending on the brand of glue, but typically the setting period is about 30 minutes.
The general rule is to spread the glue on only as large an area that you can cover with tile in about 20 minutes. The glue will haze over, losing its sheen.
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Warnings Many types of tile glue emit troublesome fumes, requiring ventilation during installation and afterward, until the smell subsides. Start at the chalk line intersection in the center of the floor and select a trowel with notches that matches the notch size indicated on the glue container.
Glenda Taylor is a contractor and a full-time writer specializing in construction writing. About the Author Glenda Taylor is a contractor and a full-time writer specializing in construction writing. If this is the case, use the wall you see first when you enter the room as your reference when measuring for the center guideline. Customer Service Newsroom Contacts. The second line must cross the first line at a perfect 90-degree angle.
Home Guides SF Gate. The notches in the trowel will create ridges in the glue. Cut VCT tiles with a vinyl tile cutter if possible. Spread the tile glue on a portion of one quadrant of the floor.