9′ x 11′ patio adjoining a 40′ x 11′ covered porch. The floor is the same 14-16″ (didn’t measure yet) tiles entire area. It is concrete slab underneath.
tree broke 10 of the 50-60 tiles in the patio area (along w/ a bunch of other things that we have already fixed). As I was removing the broken tiles I realized that the adjacent ones were held in only by the grout…the thinset is in ridges underneath but it was never bedded down properly. Only 15 tiles were actually secured in thinset… the rest sat on top of the hardened mortar (dried too much before they set maybe?).
Pulled off all the tiles on the patio and got friendly w/ the local chipping hammer and 3″ chisel bit. Removed most of the thinset.
The surface is uneven. It was before and the tiles were all different heights but I’m not the guy that did them the first time.
My thought is to mix up self-leveling or even just mortar and skim the surface to attempt to get it smoother. Are there better ways or approaches to this? Did I go wrong several steps ago?
I can’t actually form up and level the entire surface because I assume it needs to pitch. the guys before assumed it needed additional topography as well.
Any comments or do I just slog away and make the best of it when it comes to each tile?