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Installation - Thinner

THINNER Installation & Tools

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  1. 1m x 3m Install on a new floor
  2. 1m x 3m Install on a new wall
  3. 1m x 1m Install on an existing floor
  4. 0.5m x 1 Install on an existing wall
  5. Positioning profiles
  6. Cutting to measure
  7. Cutting rectangular holes
  8. Drilling holes
  9. Manual handling 1m x 3m
  10. Handling with a forklift

Substrate Preparation
Substrate preparation should be completed following ANSI® A108 AN-2 “General Requirements for Sub-surfaces”. All substrates should be plumb and true, surface deviation should not exceed 1/8” in 10’.
 
Setting Materials
Define the characteristics of the substrate on which the thin tile panels will be installed. Choose a mortar and grout that is suitable for the substrate and intended use of the project. In most installations a premium quality ANSI® 118.4 mortar will be used. Consult the THINNER Technical Manual and check with the setting materials supplier.
 
Movement - Expansion
Joints should be provided to comply with TCNA method EJ 171. Installation must comply with the current version of ANSI® A108.02, A108.1B and ANSI® A 108.5. Mix the mortar to the highest mix consistency according to the mortar manufacturer’s current data sheet.
 
Installation Safety
Prior to handling, cutting, or installing the THINNER products, it is important to have on your safety equipment (Typical PPE; sure grip gloves, safety glasses, dust mask).
 
Cutting
It is essential to work on a flat and clean surface; you can use the cover of the pallet of the 1m x 3m.
 

 

Installation
Installation must comply with the current version of ANSI® A108.02, A108.1B and ANSI® A 108.5. For additional detailed information on installtion, please reference the THINNER Technical Manual #48875R or visit us on the web at www.floridatile.com/thinner.
  • Mix the mortar to the highest mix consistency according to the mortar manufacturer’s current data sheet.
  • Apply mortar to the substrate with the flat side of the trowel, with enough pressure to firmly work into the surface.

  • With a proper notched trowel, immediately follow with a heavier coat of material using the appropriate trowel and enough mortar to provide 100% coverage to the back of the tile and substrate.

  • Notches should run parallel to each other and perpendicular to the long side of the tile. Use caution that the mortar does not skim over.
  • It is advised that during the installation, remove a tile to insure the mortar has not skinned over and check the tile and substrate mortar coverage.
  • Place tiles in mortar, slide back and forth perpendicular to the ridges. Coverage of mortar is essential to a successful installation of the THINNER tile.

  • Special attention to ensure 100% coverage of edges and corners is necessary. After laying the tile, make sure it is firmly adhering to the underlying surface.
  • For walls, you can use a rubber coated trowels or a hard grout float. For floors, tile tapping tools with plastic plates or orbital sanders should be used to increase the coverage of the mortar. Consult with the mortar manufacturer for set times of the tile and thinset mortar before grouting.
  • Keep the tile and grout joints clean.