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    Default Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    Hello,

    Hopefully someone can help! As is so often the case I guess; I'm looking after the problem has arisen as opposed to checking first , we've laid tiles onto a ply floor previously without an issue but this time the adhesive won't set. We used a wickes flexible ceramic tile/quarry tile adhesive suitable for wood flooring, the tiles are marble. They've been down more than 24 hours and they are showing no sign of setting, and even more irritatingly one has now cracked. Please can anyone advise?

    Many thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    My guess would be an out of date adhesive. If this is not the case then it could be contamination from another source (resins in the ply or another substance which has reacted with the adhesive?)

    Oh, and welcome
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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    Hi Jessica and welcome to TF,,,,was it a rapid or standard set adhesive that you used...let's take this one step at a time.

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    It said 24 hours on the adhesive, so I would think standard setting, the adhesive was newly bought a few days ago so I suppose it would be in date as it's a busy Wickes.

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    Ermm does this adhesive come ready mixed in a bucket ?

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    Yes it does, I've gleaned this can be problematic reading around.....

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    As per Sir Ramic, are you sure that the adhesive is suitable for porcelain & natural stone?

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    Daz - yes it does say that it's suitable for stone.

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    I've gotta say..never come across a tubbed adhesive that is truly suitable for use with stone Jessica.

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    How big are the tiles?

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

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    Ermm does this adhesive come ready mixed in a bucket ?
    Oh dear. I googled "Wickes flexible adhesive" and up popped a bagged cement adhesive. Weird!......hence why I suggested it being out of date or contamination.

    Good news is that it is more than likely all still wet, so may be salvageable to be re-fitted with a cement bagged flexible adhesive. No tubbed adhesive is suitable for floors Im afraid. Sorry

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    Default Re: Natural stone tiles laid onto ply, not drying!

    Well at least they sound salvageable, can anyone recommend a good bagged adhesive for this purpose? Thanks!

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