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Adhesive, also known as glue, cement, mucilage, or paste, is any non-metallic substance applied to one or both surfaces of two separate items that binds them together and resists their separation.The use of adhesives offers certain advantages over other binding techniques such as sewing, mechanical fastenings, or welding. These include the ability to bind different materials together, the more efficient distribution of stress across a joint, the cost-effectiveness of an easily mechanized process, and greater flexibility in design. Disadvantages of adhesive use include decreased stability at high temperatures, relative weakness in bonding large objects with a small bonding surface area, and greater difficulty in separating objects during testing. Adhesives are typically organized by the method of adhesion followed by reactive or non-reactive, a term which refers to whether the adhesive chemically reacts in order to harden. Alternatively, they can be organized either by their starting physical phase or whether their raw stock is of natural or synthetic origin.
Adhesives may be found naturally or produced synthetically. The earliest human use of adhesive-like substances was approximately 200,000 years ago, when Neanderthals produced tar from the dry distillation of birch bark for use in binding stone tools to wooden handles. The first references to adhesives in literature appeared in approximately 2000 BC. The Greeks and Romans made great contributions to the development of adhesives. In Europe, glue was not widely used until the period AD 1500–1700. From then until the 1900s increases in adhesive use and discovery were relatively gradual. Only since the last century has the development of synthetic adhesives accelerated rapidly, and innovation in the field continues to the present.

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    Long bucket life for powder adhesive

    Would like recommendations for 300 x 600 (x10mm) porcelain tiles, on wall inside a walk-in shower enclosure, tiling directly onto tile backer board. DIY tiler with limited experience. I think I need a powder adhesive for this size tile, but it needs a long bucket life - had a mare using penny...
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    best adhesive for tiling on a bout

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    Adhesive choice & primer

    Dear Tilers I'am tiling to 6mm no more ply ( pre primed ) overlayed on chipboard, floor is solid and reasonably even, joists @ 400mm centers. Area of 3.38m2 it is not a wet room & there is no shower. The tiles are 200x900x9 porcelain wood effect. I have selected the following adhesives...
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    Wall adhesive on floors

    Hi there, I’ve made a mistake and used ready mix wall adhesive with floor tiles. Is there any hope of this working (as they’re small 15cm tiles - they seem to have dried ok?) or should I rip up and start again with powdered adhesive? Many thanks
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    First tiling, need some advice on trowel, adhesive and grout

    Hi All and thank you in advance. I'm DIY'er with quite good general understanding and capable of using of tools :) This will be my first adventure with tiling(well done few tiles then and there, but not from start to finish). I wanted to renovate our en-suite, we live in timber frame house...
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    Adhesive for porcelain tiles on hardiebacker

    Can anyone recommend a tile adhesive for applying 600x300 porcelain tiles to hardie backer board?
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    Priming Brick For Mapei Keraquick Adhesive (Jackoboard)

    Hi, I'm currently working on a bathroom and have stripped the walls back to brickwork with lime mortar. For the shower area my plan is to dot and dab 20mm Jackoboard onto the brickwork with Mapei Keraquick before tiling. Does the brickwork need priming for the Keraquick? I understand PVA...
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    Adhesive for Black slate patio tiles

    Looking for advice on which Adhesive for Black slate tiles 15-20mm thick 400 x 600 mm slate tiles to lay on a concrete base back has been down a year Been told mapei p4 ? any advice welcome or other makes etc
  9. J

    Adhesive ?

    Hi all, I am new to tilers forum, thought it may be a good way to pass some time considering there is no work out there currently, I am looking to change my adhesive supplier upon my return to save on costs etc, I have been seeing a few posts about nicobond adhesive which I have used years and...
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    I’ve got 60 bags of Setaflex, 20 Setaflex semi rapid, and 50 bags of Levelflex in my stores if anyone’s interested. Got 15 bags of each white, natural grey and light grey grout3000 too. Not much use to me at the moment, so thought I would join in with Nicobond.:p
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    Adhesive Availabilty

    Heads up if you are struggling to get adhesive etc , been using lots of regional suppliers for years most are now shut , contacted Nicobond on Friday as a new account delivery turned up this morning, the gear is good and at really good rates give them a go
  12. Nicobond

    For Sale Nicobond Rapidflex Fibre S2 Tile Adhesive from only £14.99 exc VAT per 20kg

    High quality, professional tile adhesives for less. Nicobond Rapidflex Fibre S2 Tile Adhesive from only £14.99+VAT per 20kg. ✔️ Unrivalled flexibility ✔️ Exceptional bond strength ✔️ Superb handling characteristics ✔️ Available in White & Grey Shop now: White 20 kg -
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    Adhesive for bathroom

    Hi all, First time poster, long time user of this forum here! I'm intending to renovate my bathroom in the coming weeks which will include new tiles on the floor and walls (18m squared). I have selected some ceramic tiles to go on the wall and around the shower enclosure and some porcelain...
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    Tile Adhesive Late Q's!

    H there, to state the obvious, I've joined for this Q! but would appreciate the advice :) I'm currently about to tile a 10sqm, internal concrete slab floor (new build, slab is approx 18mnths old) a couple of sq mtrs will be sun facing. Porcelain tiles are 10(ish)x450x450mm and will be back...
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    Removing floor tiles & adhesive from concrete floor / prep for tiling

    Hi All, I'm hoping to remove floor tiles and tile our kitchen (Just under 8sqm) in the next few weeks. The existing tiles are around 15 years old installed on a concrete floor which was levelled prior to tiling. They have held up fine over the years,no cracks etc but noticed some of the tiles...
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    Adhesive curing time

    We've just had our kitchen/living room tiled and grouted the job was completed today, 45 sqm Adhesive that was used Was BAL Rapid Flex One From what I've read here I should wait 2 weeks before turning on the electric underfloor heating on and then gradually increase the temp 5 degrees per day...
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    White adhesive

    Are there any tilers out there like me that never uses anything but white adhesive? I just can't understand why anyone uses grey anymore. Am I weird?
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