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    Default Raimondi Tile Leveling System

    Hi all - first time poster; long time reader. I'm gearing up for a complete DIY bathroom reno. I was thinking about purchasing the Raimondi Tile Leveling System as I have large format tiles. To anyone who has used this system: Can I get away with just purchasing the wall plier for both walls and floor (the floor space is relatively small).

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    As opposed to what one poster says (he has issues), there's a lot of good info at www.johnbridge.com/forums There's a discussion on this (and others) there that may help you decide. http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...eveling+System
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    A leveling system won't correct an improperly prepped floor, but will help keep the tile in nice alignment. Regardless, it is critical on any tile install to have full coverage on all edges and at least 80% (100% should be your goal) of the interior of the tile. Tiling 101, periodically, after setting, pull up a tile (or membrane, or whatever) and check your coverage. You may need to adjust your thinset, trowel, or technique.
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    FWIW, the instructions on most (if not all) of the leveling systems tell you to not put the clips right at the corner, otherwise, you could snap it off. If you install the clips and thinset the job properly, the edges are fully supported. Your goal should be to get the entire tile fully supported, but they allow some leeway on the interior. Depending on the tile, the substrate, and the thinset used, you may want to wait longer than overnight to knock the tabs off. This is especially true if you're using a membrane and a modified thinset, which could take a very long time for the modifiers to dry. The larger the tile, the longer the wait (when using a modified).
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnfrwhipple View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheakamus View Post
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    And, you'll note I said the same thing...100% of the edges, and 80% minimum of the interior (with 100% being the goal).

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    Jim - thanks kindly for the link - unfortunately I didn't find reference to the tool specification (wall or floor) issue. I am gutting the bathroom down to joists and studs to create a perfectly flat floor (and walls).

    John (btw - I love your work on HouseBuzz)- large format tiles? - perhaps not the best idea for the diyer - but I am determined (and perhaps overly confident; and certainly too poor to afford a high-end (and frankly hard to find) tiler here in Toronto). Regardless, I can live with my own imperfections - Just saying

    My understanding was that the system might help reduce lipage - especially on the long format parcelanosa wall tile (below).

    btw - I was under the impression that some of the images that you have posted elsewhere contained leveling clips?? I suppose you believe that with the RLS the tiles might crack and dislodge?


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    One installer that has done this a lot claims he uses the TLS and can remove the (slight) bow on long tiles like that. It will always make the adjacent tile edges level with each other, but if the tile isn't flat, that may not mean no lippage. I'm a little skeptical, but he says he does it all of the time. This system (http://www.flooringsupplyshop.com/ra...-100-1551.html is similar to the LASH system, but comes with a tool...on LASH, you just use your fingers to slide the wedge tight. The TLS's tool is more like an adjustable zip tie gun. You can use it to break the tab after the thinset cures as well by adjusting it tighter to snap it off.
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    OK, thanks guys. Lots to consider. I now have the floor removed - sistering joists to create level. Unfortunately, its the only bath/shower in the house - seems like a long way off to tiling (and showering). John, I may pick you brain a bit to consider lighting. Will head to your site when I get a chance..

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