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    please help us!!!! my husband is not at all new to diy and we have renovated thre houses in our 27 years of marriage and lived in them all happily till moving on.The problem is now he is losing confidence in himself and we are doing the bathroom for the 4th time in the same house and hopefully the last! The place we have bought the tiles for the bathroom have supplied us with soverign gripmaster adhesive and the tiles are 33x50cm,he tiled the shower area on sat 13th feb and we have noticed tonight that some of the tiles are loose at the corners so he has started to remove them,hence i have had tears,there is no adhesive on the back of the tles but the adhesive is coming off the wall by scraping,he has now given up as certtain areas need chisseling off. we really went to town to get this right and even put aquapanel in the shower area,what has he done wrong? advice really appreciated,thanks,maz.

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    Hi Maz, I have moved your question to it's own thread. It will get a better response here.

    Welcome to the forums. I am sure you will receive plenty of help.
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    The tile is too big for that adhesive and is not drying properly..

    You will need a slow setting cement based adhesibe and preferbly in white.

    Tell hubbs to use a deeper notch trowel to make sure he gets a better coverge on the tiles..

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    Default Re: Need help please

    Gripmaster is a tubbed dispersion adhesive and dries by evaporation, the adhesive would have taken forever with tile size you were fixing.

    You should have been advised by the shop that sold you the adhesive/tiles that a powdered single part flexible would have been the right one to use
    "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes"

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    Default Re: Need help please

    thanks sorry to invade another post but not sure what i had to do and im desperate!x

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    I've never used sovereign gripmaster, but I'm assuming it's a dispersion, ie tubbed adhesive, your tiles are too large for this type of adhesive, you need a cementitious (powder,bagged) adhesive. Make sure the back of your tiles are free from dust and give a slight twisting motion when offering them into the adhesive (spread onto the aquapanel with a 8mm square notch trowel), this should work for you

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    ha ha those guys above are faster typists than me!

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    The supplier owes you an explanation and some compensation, why do they insist on tubbed adhesive??

    Numptys........

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    we chose the tiles and told them we needed xgrout and adhesive and thats what they gave us,what do we do?should we take all the tiles off and start again?

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    I would, and take the job lot back to the numpty that advised you that it was ok

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    Just to get this straight you said what grout/adhesive you wanted
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    you do need to take the tiles off and start again. Tubbed adhesive can sometimes come of quite easily with warm water and a scraper. Try soaking the tiles in a bucket to get it off them.

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