In addition to the equipment for cutting, handling and the work benches, we have developed a complete line of products specifically for the installation of large slabs. The correct installation of these materials requires in fact a number of tricks to get a perfect result in both aesthetic and technical / functional aspects.
In particular, we focused on four key points: application of the adhesive, elimination of the air below the slab, accost slabs, proper leveling of the slabs.
APPLICATION OF THE ADHESIVE – SLANT RIDGE NOTCHED TROWELS AND NOTHED TROWELS 36×13 cm (14 3/16″ x 5 1/8″)
First of all it is fundamental to properly apply the adhesive using the “back-buttering” technique using, of course, the right notched trowel. The most suitable are the slant ridge notched trowels that guarantee a perfect coverage. Even the new notched trowels 36×13 cm (14 3/16″ x 5 1/8″), however, respond to the technical requirements and their size allows an increase of about 30% coverage for each pass (compared to 28×12 cm – 11″x4 3/4″- notched trowel).
Slant ridge notched trowels 28×12 cm (11″x4 3/4″)
Notched trowel 36×13 cm (14 3/16″ x 5 1/8″)
ELIMINATION OF AIR BENEATH THE SLAB – HAND TILE BEATER WITH RUBBER BOTTOM & “VOLPINO” VIBRATOR
Essential is to eliminate the air that can remain below the slab once installed. If not removed, once the adhesive set, the air will create a vacuum that will make the slabs subject to breakage. For this we have developed the hand tile beater with rubber bottom (Art. 142G).
Hand tile beater with rubber bottom (Article 142G).
and E-FOX, cordless tiles/slabs vibrator specifically designed for full bond and to expel air from underneath the large format tiles.
ACCOSTING SLABS – CLOSER
A slab, for example sized 300×150 cm, once positioned is hard to move in order to bring it closer to the adjacent slab properly. To solve this problem, we have developed “Closer”, device to accost slabs, which, acting mechanically, makes this task easier. Suction cups are perfect for both smooth and textured tiles/slabs.
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PROPER LEVELING – R.L.S.
For optimal aesthetic and functional results, it is in our opinion essential to use the Raimondi Levelling System (R.L.S.). The high elasticity of the thin slabs makes it virtually impossible to keep the slabs perfectly leveled with each other without the help of a leveling system. R.L.S. solves this problem and the slabs are perfectly leveled (lippage free), obviously even once the adhesive is set.