Rated 3.3 out of 5Â by 43
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 3 out of 5Â by sapience For 3/8" or thicker tiles and 1/2"x1/2" trowels ONLY!
An uncompressed clip will hold a tile .25 inches above a clean surface and a .25 x.375 trowel lays furrows .2652" when held at a 45 degree angle, which need to be compressed to .1768" to eliminate the voids. Therefore these clips would prevent furrow collapse and void elimination before they are compressed unless a .5x.5 trowel is used. Many reviews on HomeDepot.com mention a .5 x.5 trowel is necessary without explaining why. I reasoned they would have clips for .375" toweled thinset but after an exhaustive search, I found these (part #99720Q) to be the smallest clips they make. Furthermore, clip compression is mechanically limited by design for tiles less than .375â thick, leaving only clip spring tension to eliminate lippage on thinner tiles no matter how forcefully the wedges are inserted. My conclusion: these clips are only useful for .5" trowels and .375" or thicker tiles. My ratings reflect the lack of critical information for using these clips.
July 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Djbtile Makes alot of Sense
This type of product has been around for awhile but the ease of purchase thru Home Depot is added value. Larger tiles are the norm these days and anything that helps level the floor problems is a plus. Lippage is always a concern but using this product makes installation a snap. Just cost it into the project as a worthwhile investment.
November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by gon08546 Amazing Product - Tile Leveling, Aligning and Spacer Clip
We have been contemplating replacing the carpet on both landing with wood floors or tiles. After months of debating, we decided to install tiles. It was not the typical 24â tile; we went with the 36â tile. The project began with the removal of the carpet and we noticed we had an issued with the plywood floor. We began presenting the tiles and we knew we had a leveling problem. We applied leveling cement as well, but we still had issues leveling and aligning the tiles. For the project in question, we purchased several tools at Home Depot and we came upon the QEP Tile Leveling, Aligning and Spacer Clips. What a life saver, the product was so easy to use and it performed perfectly. I was able to level the tiles with the flooring. I am in the process of replacing my entire second floor with the same tiles; and I will continue purchasing the QEP Tile Leveling, Aligning and Spacer Clips.
October 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DuppyConqueror Great Product - If Used Correctly
I must admit, this is the first time I have used a tile leveling system. I am a DIYer and do most of my home improvement projects myself. The system is easy to use, but you should note a few cautions.
First, the spacers are shaped like an anchor so naturally there will be a little dead space between the tile and the floor. You must 'back butter' the tiles (which you should be doing anyway) to close the gap. Once you tighten the spacer down with the wedge (part B, the gap closes considerably. In order to do this, you must really have the QEP pliers that are only sold online. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time nursing your thumbs and still not get a tight enough clamp. Warning - the pliers are not quality made. Mine snapped about 1/2 way through the job, but I just ordered another pair and kept on going.
Second, these are not for small tiles. I am installing 6 x 24" wood look tiles, which are prone to lippage by the nature of the manufacturing process. To reduce lippage the tiles are offset by 1/3. This means I have to use more spacers and clamps to do the job. No big deal.
Third, the tile leveling system doesn't replace good tiling practice. if you don't use enough mortar/thinset, the system can't help you. I did have to take up a few tiles and add more thinset, but I'd have to do that anyway with or without the system. What the system does is ensure the tiles stay level as the thinset dries. You'll still need a rubber mallet to even up the tiles when necessary and a tool to remove the thinset from the grout lines. You will get some oozing with this system as it squeezes out some of the mortar when you clamp the spacers down. Again, no big deal. Be prepared to spend more time doing the job. It takes longer to set the tiles and push in the clamps, but the extra time is worth it.
Fourth - VERY IMPORTANT - if you don't finish the job on the first day, make sure you stick the spacers in the tiles where you left off, then double down by pushing unfinished tiles tightly next to them. This will ensure the clamp is tight up against the tiles you left off with. I stacked two tiles (without mortar) to be sure they stayed in place. I only had to pull out one clamp the next day. The rest were fine.
Fifth - Use the pliers. I can't stress this enough. Unfortunately, they are made of cheap plastic and could break with repeated use. Mine did, and I was none too happy, but they don't cost that much so I replaced them. One could cry over this issue but it's not worth it.
Sixth - a bag of 96 goes a long way. I finished 1/3 of a 13 x 19' room with just one bag. The clamps are reusable so no need to buy an equal amount unless you plan on finishing the job in one day. If you do it over multiple days like I have, then you just let the tiles dry for 24 hours, then knock the clamps out with a rubber mallet and reuse them. I've only used one bag of clamps and about 3 bags of spacers.
We love the way our floor came out. it is perfectly level and looks great. These spacers work if you are patient and use some common sense.
May 6, 2014