Need help with thinset, grrr
Man, will I ever be able to do anything on my own? Really I am so frustrated right now, it's not funny. So this aft, I set out to start working on a bowling ball using thinset for the 1st time. I was sticking half marbles on it but they kept falling. Could you look at my pictures, and tell me whether the consistency was good? It seemed like PB to me but who knows. Also I find it hard to know how much to put on because when you put the tessarae on it, it swooshes and wouldn't leave any room for grout.
Also does anyone have a "recipe" for thinset. I am using Mapei Ultraflex 2 (has polymer in it) and the bag has the instr. for 50 lbs only. I started with water in a container and kept adding the thinset to it until the consistency seemed right. With approx 3 or 3.5 cups of water and look at the amount if gave me! I thought I would end up with just a little batch which is what I wanted. Anyhow, everyting ended up in the garbage! GRR...
Honest everyone, I am not normally a complainer, I wish there was a place around here where I could take lessons. You guys are the ones give me lessons.
So my questions are:
1. any recipe for a small-med batch of thinset
2. A way to know how much to put on (1/8 or 1/16 doesn't tell me much)
3. Why were the marbles on the bowling ball falling.
(sure made be lose my marbles...)
4. How to prevent "swooshing" between tessarae.