Forum Title: First Time RLS User
I finally decided to try out a tile leveling system after debating on which system to use . I did like the MLT but didn't want to spend that much on something I've never used before and didn't know how well I would like it . I know a lot of the guys on CT use the RLS system and gave it good reviews so that was good enough for me to make my decision . I bought it specifically for a wood look porcelain plank job that I started a few days ago . I have to say I really liked the way it worked out .It definitely speed up the installation , I didn't have to take up any tile to add or take away any thin set . I read the comments here on how to make the thin set on the loose side and to back butter each tile which I did . I did have some thin set that squeezed out between the joints and around the levelers . This was my main issue , cleaning the thin set around the levelers . I used a small detail brush to clean the thin set from around the levelers as best as I could . The following morning I started to remove the levelers and noticed that as I was removing them some of the tile edges directly beneath the levelers were chipping. like I said it's the first time using this system and I really liked the way it worked out except for the chipping . What I'm I doing wrong .
Category: Tile Post By: ELIZABETH JONES (Alhambra, CA), 03/11/2019

Like anything you figure out some tricks along the way. I'll throw out a few things I do and they may or may not work for you and they may or may not be the best way. It works best for me to set the tile onto the clips that are installed on the previous tile, continue to hold it with one hand and set it down close to the thinset and slide all clips for that tile on. This helps me a lot with not getting a lot of squeeze out in the joints. If I do get it, I use a toothbrush from my water bucket and a sponge and clean it up. Having a good flat surface and evenly troweled ridges are also really helpful so that your tile doesn't need much adjusting. As for the chipping tiles, I haven't had that happen on any of mine yet so I can't help much there...

- P Stevenson (San Jose, CA), 04/01/2019

Quote: Originally Posted by Xtrememtnbiker Like anything you figure out some tricks along the way. I'll throw out a few things I do and they may or may not work for you and they may or may not be the best way. It works best for me to set the tile onto the clips that are installed on the previous tile, continue to hold it with one hand and set it down close to the thinset and slide all clips for that tile on. This helps me a lot with not getting a lot of squeeze out in the joints. If I do get it, I use a toothbrush from my water bucket and a sponge and clean it up. Having a good flat surface and evenly troweled ridges are also really helpful so that your tile doesn't need much adjusting. As for the chipping tiles, I haven't had that happen on any of mine yet so I can't help much there... I did have an area that was not as flat as the rest of the floor , dipped maybe 1/8'' over a six ft area . This is where I had an issue with the thin set squeezing out around the levelers . So these areas is what I'm going to have to straighten out in the future to avoid this particular issue . Otherwise I do like the way it worked out .

- EDUARDO MANNING (Baldwin Park, CA), 05/05/2019

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