Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 62
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AverageHandyGuy Very pleased with results
I have to admit that I was a bit freaked out by the people reporting the tiles were "popping" and almost didn't used these. I've had a less than impressive experience laying big tiles before and was nervous setting my 12x24 tile that had very little bevel. I found the online video's useful and bought a couple of bags of each.
I laid ditra first then the tiles using a 1/2 by 1/2 trowel, non-modified mortar. Being sure to back butter each tile.
There was one review I read that complained the clips pulled away when they had to stop for the night so when I had to stop for a few hours ensured that the next row of clips were in and kept in place by dry setting the next few tiles.
To drive the wedges, I used a rubber mallet while pulling up on the tab of the dogs. Once everything was tight, I'd used the mallet to tap on the tiles to ensure a good set.
The results were incredible, straight lines and I just had one tile that lipped about 1/16" in the corner, barely noticeable after grout.
For the grout I used a sanded product and ran it a bit thinner than I usually would to ensure there was good flow when pushing into the grooves between the tiles.
It did seem a bit of a shame to lose about $15 of clips into floor but really cheap insurance for a professional looking job by an amateur.
Breaking off the clips was quite easy, I used a rubber mallet and the only ones that were a bit hard were a bit too close to the wall.
April 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by diyexperience works extremely well but there is a learning curve
one of the things i would like to see is perhaps some videos on the best way to use this product.. if you have done tile w/ the spacers this is a much simpler way of doing this.. what i like best is that it secured it to foundation. and limited movement. dont forget the ditra membrane between subfloor and tile. another great product.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jport7uga Ensures Perfection!
Watching my installer use the two part leveling system has given me confidence that my floor will be completely level. Using the 6x36 tile, I was nervous there would be some uneven spots. This made everything perfectly level. Once the mortar cures, just kick it out and you can reuse the wedges. Highly recommended.
September 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mikez Understand what this is
If you are looking for a miracle leveling system keep looking. These work as I would expect and are cheaper than other systems, at least for one time use.
Get the tiles lined up and level, check for the tile to tile edge alignment and height. These devices will hold what you have, they will not fix things if they are out of wack. You will still need to add or remove thin set as needed and a couple of taps with the rubber mallet helps where needed.
When you are done for the day, use scraps of tile keep these tight to the existing tile. Don't just leave them with out the wedges. The other trick I found useful is to put a wedge under the tiles along the edge so they stay at the perfect height and don't sink as the thin set dries.
September 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Seemorgood Tile Leveling System by QEP
I am placing about 400 sf of 12x24 tile.....I found the system to work as described on large format tile provided you back butter or skim coat the tile and use a 1/2" square notch trowel to apply enough thinset to the floor so the tile will float slightly above the adjacent tiles....The wedges will wear your thumb out, so I used a small block of wood allowing both thumbs to press the wedge tight....Worked great....Bottom line, for larger tile this is awesome and worth the money.....
September 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KSNCUSTOMS Expensive but well worth it!
When this product first came out I gave it 5 stars and told all of my tile setter guys about these! After using them on many jobs now the following is what I have decided..
The PRO'S: pulls 2 tile edges even, keeps them equally spaced, saves time, reusable required wedges, simple break away spacer AFTER tile is set and dry.
CON'S: Expensive to use on big jobs, only works on floor tile, requires excessive amount of mortar due to pulling up on tiles, hard on the thumbs, some times the spacers have bits of plastic which causes the tile to gap bigger (faulty production problems).
March 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TimeFlies Very good results
This may not be the best tile-levelling clip system available, but since HD has it, its the most convenient. I used 1/2" x 1/2" trowel and back-buttered the 12 x 24 tiles for my shower walls and floor. In a couple places I forgot to insert the clips and boy can you spot those places easily. Everywhere else where I used the clips as intended it looks beautiful. No problem getting the tiles to bond. In fact, sometimes it can be difficult to get the clips under the tiles since they bond so well. It takes a little practice to get the best procedure.
I also got the QEP "pliers" to squeeze the wedges into the clips. I think that's well worth it.
September 16, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MSmith BEWARE-Terrible Product if You Want 1/16" Grout Lines
We bought this product because the concept seemed great. We used this on imitation wood porcelain tile measuring 48" x 8" .Our main concern was having level tile but just as important to us is that we needed a 1/16" inch grout line for the tile we were installing. This product advertised 1/16" grout lines when using these clips. Upon laying the first few tiles we found it nearly impossible to achieve a grout line of 1/16" of an inch. The gap was easily an 1/8" if not more. Anyone installing tile can imagine the frustration level when dealing with wet mortar that is drying, and having to reset the tile while trying to figure what you may or may not be doing right etc. We were using a 1/2" trowel with the proper amount of mortar coupled with backbuttering the tile. Upon further inspection of the spacers/anchors we found that they were poorly made with excess plastic from the molding process causing them to be thicker than the 1/16" advertised. I even measured them with my dial calipers to confirm this. 1/16" is .0625. and as you can see from one of the pictures the anchor measures slightly more. When I measure the anchor with the excess plastic from the plastic injection molding process the measurement is .095 or approximately 1/32" thicker. This is just one random anchor that I grabbed. They were a little thicker than 1/16" due to the manufacturing process, and when compounded with a little bit of mortar getting on them then you are easily looking at a wider grout line of possibly an 1/8" or more. Maybe we had a bad batch, but I have a tendency to believe that the pricier ones would not have the same quality control issues. We ended up using the green inexpensive standard 1/16" spacers. Every single one of these less expensive and simpler spacers have been manufactured accurately for a 1/16" and now we are getting the desired grout line.
January 12, 2015