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  1. mp3wizard

    mp3wizard Active Member

    Location:
    bristol uk
    I bought 120 packers and the primer, and a multimeter to test the cables are ok, I should of tested them before putting the slc over, still worth doing now before another 10 bags and adhesive and tiles go over though.

    If everything does go to plan my feet better be grateful for all this hardwork, When you see that the heating system costs around £450 with fancy thermostat you think that's the majority of the cost, but if you add everything else up it's actually the cheapest part.

    I hope to do my prepping Friday and pour Saturday, so i'll upload photos when it's done, thanks.
     
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  2. Simons70

    Simons70 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Luton
    :)Almost the same job,65 sqm 900x900mm,starting yesterday with SLC,finish tomorrow.Asda-save money every day!
    [/ATTACH] IMG_1622.JPG IMG_1635.JPG IMG_1625.JPG
     
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    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
  3. mp3wizard

    mp3wizard Active Member

    Location:
    bristol uk
    nice job, how'd you get on with the levelling clips, any tips?
     
  4. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Don't expect too much from the clips, they're more about holding tiles in place while the adhesive sets than levelling the tiles.
    They're designed to break away after, so applying too much force will break them before you've even set them.
    What system do you have?
     
  5. Simons70

    Simons70 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Luton
    If you buy Raimondi its really easy to use it.
     
  6. mp3wizard

    mp3wizard Active Member

    Location:
    bristol uk
    the same as in the pictures, raimondi system
     
  7. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Yeah for that type of system they're the best available.
    But you still need to set the tile to its correct position before tightening them.
    But what they'll do is guide you as to where the tile needs to be, because they won't tighten correctly unless the tile is set right.
    Does that make any kind of sense?
    You need to make sure that you mix the adhesive with the maximum water content as stated, and keep mixing the bucket throughout, to keep the adhesive as loose as possible.
    DO NOT add extra water after the initial mix if it starts to stiffen, just re mix it and it'll loosen up again, unless it's at the point of setting.
    And you will need standard set adhesive, not rapid.
     
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  8. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
     
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  9. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    They're the best available in the uk, whys that so strange Antonio? :)
     
  10. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    is the best in the world. not only in the uk.
    however, it is strange that lately many members say they are the best ....;)
    ot ot
     
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  11. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Maybe that's another trend Antonio. :p
     
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  12. mp3wizard

    mp3wizard Active Member

    Location:
    bristol uk
    hello, I did have one question about the packers, I understand that I need to ensure the packers are level starting from the high point, going across, but I am wondering if for example I have 3 row of packers at 600mm intervals, do I need to ensure that the 1st row of packers is exactly level with the 3rd row of packers, using the level up the room & diagonally? I did a quick sketch to show what I mean.

    1.jpg
     
  13. John Benton

    John Benton Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Leeds
    Yes, working from the high point, the packers should all be level no matter where you put your level. So say your corner packer is the high point then the next row along should be level.

    So effectively once you have fixed all your packers it shouldn't matter where you put your level on top of the packers it will be at the same height as your corner point
     
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  14. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    All the packers would be placed level with the very first one laid, so if you placed three more down at 600mm intervals, the first maybe 3mm high off your floor,whereas the second and third maybe 6mm and 2mm respectively.
    You only need a 1-2mm packer at your start point, just high enough to give the minimum thickness as stated on your bag of slc.
    If it'll go from feather edge to its maximum, then 1mm would suffice.
    As others have mentioned tho, the thinner it is the more difficult it is to get flat and the quicker it will begin to dry, and you need to keep a wet edge, as you've found out.
     
  15. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Snap! :D
     
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    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017
  16. mp3wizard

    mp3wizard Active Member

    Location:
    bristol uk
    thanks :)
     
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  17. mp3wizard

    mp3wizard Active Member

    Location:
    bristol uk
    image.jpg Hi chaps, should I use the product as is or mix with water?
     
  18. Ttt1601

    Ttt1601 Professional Tiler

    As what? A primer?
     
  19. mp3wizard

    mp3wizard Active Member

    Location:
    bristol uk
    Yeh to go over the Slc in preparation for the next layer, I'll need to mix with 3 parts water won't i?
     
  20. Ttt1601

    Ttt1601 Professional Tiler

    Yes mate, 3:1 with water then use a roller and cover the whole floor with it
     
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