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Tile adhesive put on tiles not wall.

Anonymous user 19 October 2015 - 6.19 PM

Hi My tiler did not put the tile adhesive onto the wall (despite me asking him to do that). The tile adhesive specifically states not to put the adhesive onto the tile but put it onto the wall ensuring the wall is fully covered. It put the adhesive onto each individual tile and didnt fully cover the tile. There is a gap between the tile and the wall all around the walls which he tiled. Would that mean that the tiles are not not waterproof and water will get behind and damage the wall? Also would that the reason that the tiles crack when a plumber drilled into them? My plumber seems to have done a great job but the tiler seems very dodgy. He wouldnt do anything that I wanted. I suspect that he knew the tiles would crack as he refused to put up a shower rail. I would appreciate any comments. Thanks

4 answers from MyBuilder tradespeople

Anonymous user

Tilers have different ways of working me personally would have covered the walls equally with adhesive so i have a level surface to work on, if he has not covered the tiles completely there would be weak areas within the tile when drilling, if you put a drill through the tile where one end has more adhesive than the other then it will most likely break during drilling. However other things could cause the tile to break i.e not using the correct drill piece or using a blunt drill piece. As long as the walls have been grouted correctly and sealed around the bottom they should be fine when it comes to being waterproof. Hope this Helps!!! Thanks Matthew Collins Aspect Tiling Sercvices


22 October 2015


A.C. Wall and Floor Tiling
Rating: 5 out of 555102 reviews
South Lambeth, London

Total wrong way to tile . The method the tiler used on your installation sounds like dot and dab which is for dry lining ( plasterboards)! However 90% min of tile should be covered with adhesive the right adhesive, grouts, bonds and silicone in order to tackle any problems or situations it may face. Any defects in wall or floor corrected properly. However there is the D.I.Y tryer which is fine but be honest! ...and there is professional tiling alot of people get it easily confused.


31 October 2015


SB Renovations
Rating: 5 out of 5557 reviews

Nope... your guy definitely wasn’t a pro. You should always lay the adhesive onto the surface being tiled e.g wall floor etc ideally if having both wall and floors done the floor should be done first to allow the wall tile to overhang. Wouldn’t have him back, hopefully you won’t have any problems but good luck fixing anything to them. Sorry just being honest.


28 October 2020


Bob Hamilton Wall and Floor Tiling
Rating: 5 out of 555216 reviews

Wrong way to tile - he is not a professional tiler as a pro would spread the wall for right amount of adhesive to be on each tile. Well done to your plumber for second fixing without doing any damage I just hope the tiling doesn't come back to haunt you. Good luck. Bob


17 May 2017