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Old 07-21-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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Ceramic tile experts??

i have never run across this type of tile problem before.
i have a floor with 16x16 tiles
three of them are loose only on less than 1/3 of the tile area, they move enough to loosen the grout and i can flex em up about 1/8 inch but the opposite sides are firmly and soundly attached to to the concrete slab. the loose tiles do not share corners eithers with each other, and one is two over from its closest loose cousin
if i pry em up i am afraid they will pop into two pieces, has anyone ever heard of or tried injecting some sort of adhesive under a tile to rebond it to the floor?
i have thought about epoxy resin using a syringe?? like we did in composite repairs?
oh and the looses ones are differnt from the others in color if it helps

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Old 07-22-2008, 05:45 AM   #2
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i have never run across this type of tile problem before.
i have a floor with 16x16 tiles
three of them are loose only on less than 1/3 of the tile area, they move enough to loosen the grout and i can flex em up about 1/8 inch but the opposite sides are firmly and soundly attached to to the concrete slab. the loose tiles do not share corners eithers with each other, and one is two over from its closest loose cousin
if i pry em up i am afraid they will pop into two pieces, has anyone ever heard of or tried injecting some sort of adhesive under a tile to rebond it to the floor?
i have thought about epoxy resin using a syringe?? like we did in composite repairs?
oh and the looses ones are different from the others in color if it helps

thanks
Robert
I am not a tile mechanic, but I have installed over 800sq ft of ceramic tile in my home. I have found that the best way to repair this type of problem is to remove the loose tile clean the area smooth re-cement and and install a new piece of tile. The tile has a series of ridges on the bottom to help lock the tile in place in the cement, you may be able to inject a resin between the floor and tile, but If you do not fill the void completely you will end up with a hollow spot between the floor and the bottom of the tile, the problem in situation, If something falls and hits this area it could crack the tile. FYI before I started my tile projects in my house, I spoke to some tile mechanics and Lows for tile size selections, they both recommend to go with tile no bigger then 8x8's they said that the problem with tiles that are bigger have a tendency too break easier. I guess, if you compare this to bath room tiles that are on the floor most of the time they are smaller then 6x6, the more tile under your feet per step the more durable the tiles are Vs one foot on one tile. This is best suggestion I can come up, I hope someone else has a better Idea, Good luck.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:31 PM   #3
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welllllll
i had two italians and 4 mexicans that were disbonded ??
got em all cleaned up and old mortar removed, should be able to grout on friday.
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i had two italians and 4 mexicans that were disbonded
you gonna call INS on 'em??
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you gonna call INS on 'em??
i should call customs and report BAD tiles
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