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Back Butter Buddy
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And now for the Rest Of The Story:
Message from a tile guy who is a clever inventor:
TO BB or Not to BB, That is the question
tile contractor Phil Green
Shakespeare said it a little different in the opening
of Hamlet. But, if he was talking about the concept of back-buttering tile, he
may of stated it as above.
Back-Buttering tile may
not of been an issue in his day but it is still debated among seasoned tile
setters in 2013.
To educate, or refresh what is meant by “Back-Buttering”.
The phase Back-buttering describes the process of applying a thin layer of thin
set adhesive to the back of the tiles using the flat side of the trowel .
This is done in an attempt to provide as close to 100% coverage of the
setting mortar to the tile just prior to setting it into the combed thin set
that has been applied to the surface wished to be tiled. The objective here is
clear. Set the tiles in such a way to reduce the possibility of failure. Many
factors must be taken into account in every tiling situation, and no two
installations are exactly the same.
The folks in tile industry have provided us with many
exciting choices these days. Many of the tiles are large format tile. The TCNA
( Tile Council of North America ) and the NTCA (National Tile Contractor’s
Association ) describe large format tiles as “any tile measuring 15 inches or
more on any one side.” With these types of tiles it is VERY important to apply
enough supporting adhesive under them. One of the best ways to insure proper
amount - and coverage - to these tiles is by back-buttering them. All natural
stone products also need to be back-buttered. Travertine, marble, granite,
slate …. etc. are “natural” materials. Many have voids in the reverse side of the
materials. By back-buttering these types of tiles the installer is filling in
these voids giving additional strength to the weaker areas. This is again done
in the attempt to achieve the original goal, “Set the tiles in such a way to
reduce the possibility of failure.”
I think by now you have figured out which side of the
fence I have landed on.
I can’t see why an
installer wouldn’t back-butter every tile he or she installed.
The additional time it
takes to back-butter tile can be greatly reduced safely by using a tool called,
“The Back-Butter Buddy.“ Tiles can be stacked safely and securely onto the tool
and with a simple spinning action, thin set can by applied to the tiles.
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