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    Default DYI drummy tile fixing? can you do it yourself?

    i have soo many tiles that are loose, around 1500sqm worth that need resticking with that tile injection stuff, is this something i can do myself or not?
    where do i start? never done it before. what do i need??

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    ...need more context.
    Why has it occurred? is is the substrate that's part of the issue, is it inside, outside, was it due to a lack of adhesive etc etc.

    To me, with such a large area affected (ie: its not just a handful of tiles), sounds like its a case of rip it up and start again.

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    1500sqm affected out of how much total ?
    And what type and size of tile ?

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    ok, more info.
    3 different blocks of hotel rooms, each room has loose drummy tiles, time to fix them up slowly i guess.
    tiles are about 300x300 normal floor tiles all interior.
    around 20 years old, no idea why its occured, about 90% of each room is drummy

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    about 90% of each room is drummy
    For the 10% that is still good (at the moment) I would not be trying to fix what is there. It has failed for a reason, strip and start fresh.

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    hmmmm. may have to room by room, not gonna be cheap though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    hmmmm. may have to room by room, not gonna be cheap though.
    https://shalex.com.au/stickit/
    Looking at the manufacturers coverage specs of 5sqm per litre you would still be up for $7.5k just in material.

    The fact that 90% has failed tells me that there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droog View Post
    https://shalex.com.au/stickit/
    Looking at the manufacturers coverage specs of 5sqm per litre you would still be up for $7.5k just in material.

    The fact that 90% has failed tells me that there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.
    this.

    as someone trying to fix a leaking bath room as cheap as possible, i would be looking to do a more permanent fix if you have blocks of hotel rooms.

    look at it as a glass half full kind of way.... if the tiles are drummy there won't be a lot of time and effort to take the tiles up. but i would strongly suggest looking at wet wall acrylic panels instead of tiling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by havabeer View Post
    but i would strongly suggest looking at wet wall acrylic panels instead of tiling.
    Wozza did say they are floor tiles, whether they are on the floor or wall is unknown. Detail and pics always help.

    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    ...resticking with that tile injection stuff
    ...am wondering what the injection system is though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    Wozza did say they are floor tiles, whether they are on the floor or wall is unknown. Detail and pics always help.

    ...am wondering what the injection system is though!

    Link to one of the injection systems
    https://shalex.com.au/stickit/

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    Quote Originally Posted by droog View Post
    Link to one of the injection systems
    https://shalex.com.au/stickit/
    Looks like diluted pva. Maybe okay for one or two tiles but I doubt I would use it for anything more.

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    floor tiles are stuffed here.
    what sort of underlying problems am i looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    floor tiles are stuffed here.
    what sort of underlying problems am i looking for?
    Look to see if there is insufficient adhesive, it should have contact over most of the surface.
    If it is a rubber based adhesive see if it has broken down at all.
    Examine the surface that it was laid on, is there any movement in the substrate.
    Has the glue separated from the tile or substrate, the surface may have been contaminated.
    Any sign of moisture ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    ok, more info.
    3 different blocks of hotel rooms, each room has loose drummy tiles, time to fix them up slowly i guess.
    tiles are about 300x300 normal floor tiles all interior.
    around 20 years old, no idea why its occured, about 90% of each room is drummy
    Most likely cause is concrete shrinkage as well as no sealing of the concrete before tiling.
    Concrete shrinks, tiles don't.
    Seen it many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclic View Post
    Most likely cause is concrete shrinkage as well as no sealing of the concrete before tiling.
    Concrete shrinks, tiles don't.
    Seen it many times.
    Makes sense concrete can curl too. Could be a cheap non flexible tile adhesive was used.

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    Wozzas problem is very common, it's caused by the growth of the tiles, they are fired clay products so they get bigger over many years, they often get trapped between walls & have insufficient control joints so they just pop up in most cases, all that and you have the initial concrete shrinkage if they were laid before that process had finished also.
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