Spin Doctor 1/16" Spacers
Spin Doctor Tile Leveling System, 1/16" White Threaded Posts
Large format tile is becoming increasingly popular on both residential and commercial job sites. Although tile is getting bigger, thicker, and becoming more difficult to install, the new RTC Products Spin Doctor Tile Lippage Control System is here to help.
Attaining a flat and level tile floor or wall has never been so simple. Other systems require the use of unique tools or pliers, but the Spin Doctor tile leveling system can be installed by hand. The patented free-spinning leveling caps can be spun down the threaded post with just one hand; the minimal effort required is notably helpful when installing large format tile.
- Spin Doctor 1/16" spacers/posts are available in 100 or 250 piece boxes
- Safe to use with tile up to 3/4" thick
- For a thicker grout joint, 1/8" Spin Doctor posts are also available
How to Use the Spin Doctor Leveling System
- Place your tile in the desired position
- Position the threaded spacer posts under the exposed edges of the tile to best suit the tile size and layout. Posts can be used in multiple configurations, such as a linear spacer, a "T" spacer or a four-corner spacer
- Make sure there is direct contact between the spacer and the tile without mortar in between
- Place the rotating cap on the top of the threaded spacer post and spin the cap down to the tile surface
- Turn cap as needed until all adjacent surfaces are flush
- Remove spacer posts and caps with a rubbet mallet once tile adhesive has cured
- Caps are easy to clean and re-use!
Questions & Answers
How many do I figure per sq ft of tile
by Dwaine Martin 6/18/2019 10:15:17 am
The amount per sq ft. depends on the size of the tile you are using. For example: 12" x 12" tiles are 2 spacers per sq ft.
Our supplier has stopped carrying the spin doctor spacers. We were told that
this product has been discontinued. Is this product one you will keep on hand? We have had great success with this system and wish to continue using it as long as it's available.
by Craig Myers/Custom Tile Works 1/20/2020 6:38:54 pm
At this point, we have not heard anything regarding the production of the Spin Doctor components. We do not foresee this being discontinued by Contractors Direct.
I see now on the RTC website that they are making the spacers in 1/32" or 1 millimetre (Red ones.) I would prefer these over the 1/16" spacer for a more clean modern look. Is Contractors Direct planning to add the 1 mm spacer to its available inventory?
by Doug Webb 8/15/2021 12:42:16 pm
We already have the SD132 RTC Spin Doctor 1/32" Red Threaded Spacer/Posts - 250 Piece bags listed on our website Click Here.
Ratings & Reviews
Pain in the butt
by Rob G. -
So let me start with saying I was not big on using lippage control systems to begin with but after using RLS for most of 2016 especially on plank it has become a necessity. Although I was happy with RLS I figured I would try the Spin Doctor and within the first 10 sq ft. I was not impressed at all. When spinning the cap the tile shifted and the joint would pinch after a few more feet I was able to get a more consistent result but was not thrilled about it. I finished the job and knocked off the cap and the floor was good, not great. The other issue I have is once the job is done I had to remove the waste from each cap..... I am sticking to RLS! In my opinion, the spin doctor system was made for homeowners, not for contractors.
Work well when used properly
by BT -
I used these on 900 SF of 18" x 36" porcelain tile over a fairly bad old mill floor. Covered it first with Ditra mat then used 1/2" notch trowel - back buttering and using Spin Doctors With the Anti Friction disks at all intersections. The tile followed the roll in the floor but there is almost no discernible lippage. For better than I thought I could achieve. You must use the disks if you are going to apply any kind of tension on the tile, and you can put quite a bit on if needed.
I have had my own full time Tile Installation business for over 29 years and I think these things are great. You do need to know what you're doing though. Not for rookies. The mud application needs to be close and then you can Dial it in with these. 2 Thumbs UP
First tile leveling system I've tried was Tuscan. We abandoned using it because the straps would snap before an adequate amount of tension was used to level the tile. I had a job that involved installing about 600 SQ ft of 8x48 plank tiles. I was shocked at how well the tiles pulled flush. I did have a little experience with tiles shifting as mentioned in another review. A light tap with a block and a rubber mallet took care of the tile movement. The spacers won't allow you to over correct the tile. The results were awesome. Wouldn't have been able to achieve the same results in the same time (as compared to tiling without a leveling system).
best by far over all wedge style
So far the best I have used. Others break to often are need to be removed in 4 hours. These torque down by hand no special tool needed. Out of a box of 100 I had about 4 break while tightening ( very good). Also when knocking out had ZERO pieces left to clean out like other wedge style brands do. I doubt I go back to wedge style. I do like the reusable metal ones on small tiles or near ceiling where hammering could do damage.
by Bruce Dionne
Good product and service!!
by Alvaro Garcia