/ Tiling across depression in floor
Would welcome advice as l'm a novice tiler.
Thanks in advance, cheers Davy
If you tile around the depressed area before returning to fill it in then it's too easy to make a mistake with the setting of the surrounding tiles, then you're stuffed.
How thick are the tiles? Normally floor tiles are around 8-10mm thick, the thinner they are the weaker they are. I used slate tiles for my hallway, and they're a proper pain because they are all varying thicknesses! It is invariably a good idea to glue up both the floor and the back of the tile, this also gives you a bit of play if the tiles vary in thickness.
Sound silly but hoover the floor first, remember too to seal / prime the floor with a PVA and water mix - this will enable the adhesive to bond much better. I usually prime a few square metres at at time and then start tiling as I find the tiles have a stronger bond to the floor.
Sorry I've been overly verbose but I hope there's some useful info in there that you can use. I'm happy to help if I can and you're welcome to PM me if you wish.
Amazing. 3 replies and two of them completely ignore your stated aim of not using self levelling compound!
Yes the adhesive will be fine for gap filling. Obviously if the tiles and the floor and very non-absorbent the drying time will be delayed so you shouldn't walk on that bit. Or try and level the floor with the adhesive, let it set, then tile as normal.
> Amazing. 3 replies and two of them completely ignore your stated aim of not using self levelling compound!
The OP said that they thought self-levelling compound was a bit OTT not that they didn't want to use it.
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