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Simply view the link below, select your tile size and pattern, then multiply the number in the right hand column by the square footage of your floor or wall.

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Yes, they work great on wall tile. Just use a white rubber mallet (or something similar) to strike them. Be sure to strike them on the thin side of the leveler piece in a motion that follows the grout joint where they are installed. They will easily break free.

No, in fact it is much faster and easier to leave them in. The wedges will automatically separate themselves, during the break-off process.

We recommend no more than 24” between levelers on the extra large tiles. Of course, depending on the size of the tile, and the softness of your thinset, you may decide to use them more often.

We would never recommend going a step down in a specified thinset, but if the only reason you are using the “Large Format Style “ thinset is to hold the tile in place, then it makes sense that it would work. You must always be sure the thinset mortar used bonds properly to the substrate, is suitable to bond to the back of the tile, and is appropriate for the type of movement expected. Back buttering of the tiles is always recommended for larger tile, but not because of our system, it is because the industry recommends back buttering of large tiles in any installation. Of course the goal is 80-100% coverage of thinset (depends on the tile type and expected use), so however you get there is fine.

Back buttering of the tiles is always recommended for larger tile, but not because of our system, it is because the industry recommends back buttering of large tiles in any installation. Of course the goal is 80-100% coverage of thinset, (depends on the tile type and expected use) so however you get there is fine. Back buttering is the most common and preferred method.

It is always a good idea to help the weakest point of any installation (corners) by adding a small amount of thinset in case you missed something in your back buttering or general installation techniques. The best floors have full thinset coverage and the corners are the easiest to miss when trying to achieve this goal. Because of our specific corner design that allows mortar in the corners of the tile to have direct contact with the floor, we have helped you to achieve this. We would not discourage you from creating small dots of thinset in your corners if if gets you closer to your goal of full coverage. However, it has nothing to do with the Leveling Spacers™ system in particular. It is just a professional’s installation preference on how to acheve proper coverage. All tile installers have their preferences, and many like to put small dots of thinset in the corners before setting the tile in place.

You should always follow manufacturers recommendations on the ratios of water to powder in your thinset mix. So much of the ability to answer that question depends on tile size, floor conditions, patterns etc. However, it has proven helpful in most instances to make your mix a little softer….as long as you are still within manufacturer tolerances.

No, you will still need to make your subfloor relatively flat for the best installation. However, using a leveling system in general will be able to heal the minor variations in a normal subfloor without the more extensive time needed to create a perfectly flat subfloor.

A leveling system is absolutely essential in a thin tile panel installation. We recommend selecting a Large Format type thinset, back buttering of the panels with the trowel grains running north and south in the direction of the smallest dimension of the panel. The floor/wall thinset grains should run in the same direction so as not to entrap air pockets. Leveling Spacers™ should be placed no more than 24” apart, and approximately 2” from each corner. Please do not put Leveling Spacers™ in the corners on a thin tile installation. We have not had any reported problems, but it just make sense that thin tiles would break if you did not get the perfect thinset coverage below the surface. It is not worth the potential risk. Next, place the tile according to your preferences and work to eliminate any air pockets using your preferred method. You will love the results.

A leveling system is absolutely essential in an extra large tile installation. We recommend selecting a Large Format type thinset, back buttering of the panels with the trowel grains running north and south in the direction of the smallest dimension of the panel. The floor/wall thinset grains should run in the same direction so as not to entrap air pockets. Leveling Spacers™ should be placed no more than 24” apart, and approximately 2” from each corner. Please do not put Leveling Spacers™ in the corners on an extra large tile installation. You will need the extra strength to position the tiles flush with each other. Next, place the tile according to your preferences and work to eliminate any air pockets using your preferred method. You will love the results.

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