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Titebond 771-Step Adhesive, Moisture & Sound Control

Titebond® 771-Step Adhesive, Moisture & Sound Control combines the superior properties of a moisture cure adhesive with the ability to be used as a moisture and sound control system, primarily for wood floor installations. This product has no moisture limitations and calcium chloride or in-situ RH testing is not necessary. Once cured, the product is water-resistant and is not adversely affected by exposure to moisture or water. It provides a tough, flexible and tenacious bond to a variety of substrates. Being able to glue down and control moisture and sound in one application, it saves both labor and time.

Alternatively, Titebond 771-Step can be used just as a one-part adhesive simply by using a different sized trowel. Please see specific application guidelines in this document for details and instructions. It can also be combined with Titebond 531 or Titebond 531 PLUS Moisture Control Systems to achieve unlimited moisture protection. The elastomeric characteristics allow the adhesive to move with the wood as it expands and contracts over the life of the floor. It has unparalleled green grab and strength development, spreads easily, and cleans-up better than urethane products. Titebond 771-Step is most often used to secure solid wood, bamboo, cork, and engineered hardwood flooring. It can also be used to install plywood, ceramic tile, marble, cork underlayments, and stone inlays for residential and commercial applications.

  • Unlimited moisture control protection
  • Formulated for wood flooring installation, moisture and sound control
  • One-coat application process to achieve full all-in-one performance
  • Extremely rapid cure rate
  • VOC-compliant with all federal and state regulations as well as the SCAQMD
  • Achieves IIC rating of 69 and STC rating of 67 for sound performance

Revised September 2017

  • Advanced polymer adhesive technology

  • 100% solids advanced polymer formula – No water or solvent

  • Outstanding green grab

  • Trowels easily

  • Mold & mildew resistant

  • Non-slump formula

  • Fast strength development saves time

  • Easily removed with mineral spirits, dry or moist towel

  • Highly moisture-resistant

  • Will not cause dimensional changes in wood flooring

  • Excellent bond strength

  • Unaffected by freezing temperatures

  • Product is FloorScore® certified by SCS

Type: Advanced Polymer Calculated VOC: 0 g/L (20 g/L during cure) Color : Light tan Weight Per Gallon : 12.6 lbs. Solids : 100% Flashpoint : > 200°F (Pensky-Martens Closed Cup) Viscosity : 100,000 cps Freeze/thaw Stability : Not affected by freezing Storage Life : 1 year in tightly closed container stored above 60°F

Moisture Control & Adhesive Method:

All engineered plank flooring
  • Trowel Size - 1/4" x 3/16" V-notch (Saw tooth)
  • Coverage - Approximately 35 sq. ft. per gallon
Solid flooring and bamboo up to 5/8"
  • Trowel Size - 1/4" x 1/4" V-notch (Saw tooth)
  • Coverage - Approximately 30 sq. ft. per gallon

Adhesive Only Method:

All engineered plank flooring
  • Trowel Size - 3/16" x 1/4" x 11/16" (c-c V-notch)
  • Coverage - Approximately 65 sq. ft. per gallon
Solid flooring and bamboo with a width of 3" or less and measuring 5/8"or less in thickness
  • Trowel Size - 3/16" x 1/4" x 1/2" (c-c V-notch)
  • Coverage - Approximately 50 sq. ft. per gallon
Solid flooring and bamboo with a width greater than 3" and measuring 5/8"or less in thickness
  • Trowel Size - 3/16" x 3/16" x 3/16" (Square-notch)
  • Coverage - Approximately 35 sq. ft. per gallon
All parquets measuring less than 3/4" thickness
  • Trowel Size - 1/8" x 1/8" x 1/8" (Square-notch)
  • Coverage - Approximately 65 sq. ft. per gallon

Specifications Guide
Type of Flooring / Flooring Thickness: Jobsite / Subfloor:
  • All parquets measuring less than 3/4” thick
  • All engineered flooring
  • Solid wood flooring measuring 5/8” or less in thickness
  • Bamboo flooring
  • 3/4” solid shorts (less than 24”)
  • 5/8” plywood (2’x8’ or 4’x4’)
  • New, old or existing concrete, properly treated light weight concrete
  • Below-grade concrete
  • Plywood
  • OSB (oriented strand board)
  • Radiant heated slabs
  • Clean and unwaxed vinyl/cork

Subfloor Preparation

All substrates must be clean, dry, structurally sound, properly cured and free of dirt, oil, paint, old adhesive, wax, sealers and curing agents. General scouring with 20 grit or #3 1/2 open-coat sandpaper will remove most compounds. All loose materials must be vacuumed from the surface after scouring. The subfloor must be flat to a tolerance of 3/16” in a 10’ radius. Hollow spots, popping spots and squeaks are related to unevenness in the subfloor. Grinding concrete floors is preferred over the use of filling compounds. If filling/flattening compounds are used, they must be Portland-based cementitious material and have a compressive strength equal to or greater than 3000 psi when cured. When using cementitious materials, they must be rated for the moisture content in the concrete slab. Always use the highest rated materials for moisture because the moisture levels will change. Consult the cementitious manufacturer’s application directions. Use of adhesive over light weight concrete and all gypsum-based materials requires the use of an approved concrete primer prior to application of adhesive.

Installation: One-step Adhesive, Moisture and Sound Control Method

Follow all instructions for subfloor preparation. Trowel 771-Step and immediately install the wood flooring firmly into the wet adhesive. Planks that are not flat should be weighted for several hours. 100% adhesive coverage, with no voids, is required to qualify for the all-in-one installation warranty. Remember Titebond 771-Step is a rapid cure adhesive. Open time is 25-45 minutes, depending on relative humidity. Be sure to seat the flooring into the adhesive firmly. Any low or high spots may cause voids in the adhesive preventing complete coverage and moisture control, therefore voiding the warranty. DO not apply over standing water. Roll the floor with a 150 lb. roller within 30 minutes of application to assist in creating a continuous adhesive layer to ensure total coverage and protection for moisture control. For sound testing results, call Franklin Technical Service at 1-800-347-4583.

Installation: Adhesive only method

Follow all instructions for subfloor preparations. Titebond 771-Step must be installed using the “wet lay” method. This product cures and builds strength very quickly. Open time is approximately 30 minutes depending on humidity and temperature. Do not trowel more adhesive than can be installed within 30 minutes. Use recommended trowel for installation (see trowel recommendations). In the “wet lay” method you do not flash the adhesive; you begin laying the wood flooring immediately after troweling the adhesive. Once the adhesive has been troweled, the wood flooring may be installed immediately into the wet adhesive. To reduce slippage, secure the first starter row with Titebond Tape. Remaining planks must be placed firmly into adhesive. Planks which are not flat should be weighted for several hours. Normally, ultimate strength will be reached within 24 hours. Wait at least one day before finishing an unfinished floor. Do not walk on the floor during installation. NOTE: Do not trowel more adhesive than can be covered within 30 minutes. In the wet lay method, you should not work on top of the wood. Titebond 771-step may be used in conjunction with Titebond 531 Plus Moisture Control System for an installation with NO MOISTURE LIMITATIONS.

Re-sealing and Re-opening Partial Pail

Scrape sides of pail (this will aid in removal of adhesive later). Place plastic trash bag over unused adhesive, working out any air pockets. Replace lid on pail and tightly seal. Upon re-opening pail, remove trash bag. Material should be ready for use.

Gluing Plywood Over Concrete

1. Use 5/8" CD Exposure 1 Plywood subfloor panels, 4' x 8' sheets; cut sheets into 2' x 8' or 4' x 4' sections
2. Score the back of the panels half the thickness of the panel on a 12" x 12" grid in order to relieve tension in plywood
3. Use a 1/4" x 1/4" square-notched trowel to apply adhesive to concrete
4. Lay sections in a staggered joint pattern in the adhesive, with 1/8" spacing between sheets, and 3/4" minimum expansion space at walls and all vertical obstructions
5. Add weight as necessary to ensure adhesive remains in contact with plywood as it cures
6. Allow adhesive to dry overnight before proceeding with flooring installation


Wet adhesive may be cleaned up or removed using a solvent such as alcohol or mineral spirits. Do not allow adhesive to cure on surface of the flooring, tools, or equipment. Follow solvent manufacturer’s directions when working with solvents. Cured adhesive will be difficult to remove. For specific cleaning instructions, call Franklin Technical Service at 1.800.347.4583.

CAUTION: Do not sand, scour or abrade any material that is suspected of containing asbestos fibers. Asbestos is known to cause cancer. Federal law requires that asbestos be handled by a licensed and certified hazardous materials contractor.

MOISTURE CONTENT LIMITATIONS (One-step adhesive, moisture and sound control method): Titebond 771-Step may be used as an adhesive and moisture control system for concrete slabs with elevated moisture levels. Calcium chloride or in-situ RH testing is NOT necessary. To ensure a proper bond and full moisture control, it is essential that the concrete be dry to the touch and fully cured before installation. 100% substrate coverage and adhesive transfer is required.

MOISTURE CONTENT LIMITATIONS (Adhesive Only Method): Titebond 771-Step may be used for above-, on- and below-grade applications and on all substrates listed in this specification guide. All applications are susceptible to moisture and should be tested for moisture prior to installation in several locations within the installation area.

Acceptable conditions of concrete for above-, on- and below-grade applications are:
  • Less than 3 lbs. /1000 sq.ft./24 hours on a Calcium Chloride Test (ASTM F1869)
  • Less than a reading of 4.5 on a Tramex Concrete Moisture Encounter
  • Relative humidity (RH) of 75% or less when tested with an in situ probe(ASTM F2170)
Acceptable conditions of wood substrates are a moisture reading of less than 12% or be no more than 4% different from the flooring being installed when using a Tramex, Delmhorst or equivalent wood moisture meter. If subfloor moisture conditions do not meet above guidelines at the time of flooring installation or they could exceed them at any time after installation then a Titebond moisture control system should be used.
  • This product cures very quickly!
  • Open time is 25-45 minutes depending on temperature and humidity
  • Do not install solid wood below-grade
  • Do not use on concrete with curing agents or sealers (except for recommended Titebond or Franklin products)
  • Avoid allowing adhesive to cure on wood flooring surface
  • Do not allow foot traffic for 4 hours after installation
  • Do not use a leveler

Concrete Moisture Vapor Limits
  • To ensure protection against subfloor moisture,100% substrate coverage and adhesive transfer is required.
  • Adhesive, moisture and sound control application: UNLIMITED.
  • Adhesive only application: ≤ 3 lbs/1000 ft.²/24 hrs. (≤ 75% RH)
  • Installations in dry or cool environments or over dry subfloors will take longer to cure

Download Titebond 771-STEP warranty information
CAUTION: EYE AND SKIN IRRITANT. Contains silyl terminated polymers. Do not swallow. Do not allow eye contact or prolonged skin contact. First Aid: If swallowed, do not induce vomiting; contact physician. If eye contact occurs, flush eyes with water for 15 minutes. Wash skin contact areas with soap and water. If irritation from eye or skin contact areas persists, contact physician. Product releases methanol during cure. For additional information, refer to Safety Data Sheet. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
Part No.SizeWeight(lbs.)UPCCase UPCUnits Per PackagePackages Per Pallet
17842Cartridge Gun - 20oz Sausage3.00039922666001 630
771152 - 0.75 Gallon Pouches / Box40.0503708377115210037083771159244
771220 Oz. Sausage40.00037083077124 2045
77134 - 0.75 Gallon Pouches / Box39.15037083077131 148
77193.5 Gallon Pail42.79037083077193 136
Franklin International will honor the applicable terms of any wood floor manufacturer’s current published adhesive warranty or subfloor moisture warranty (where applicable) when the flooring was installed using Titebond 771-Step in accordance with product instructions and the instructions of the wood floor manufacturer.*

Franklin International will also warrant Titebond 771-Step to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of manufacture, if the product has been installed in accordance with the Franklin Specification Guide and the installation instructions furnished with the product.

In the event of loss of adhesion due to product defect of Titebond 721-Step or if the terms of the warranty have been met, Franklin International will reimburse the customer one time only for the cost of labor and materials necessary to repair or replace the affected area(s) of the installed wood flooring.

Exclusions from Coverage
The above warranty does not apply if: (1) all instructions regarding preparation for, installation and use of flooring products and this Product are not strictly followed (2) the Product is used as an adhesive and moisture control for below-grade applications; (3) 100% coverage with no voids in the adhesive when using the product as an all-in-one moisture and sound control system; (4)proper job site pre-inspection, installation and maintenance procedures are not followed; (5) the concrete subfloor is not clean, flat, free of debris and structurally sound; (6) the concrete subfloor is not free of visible moisture including darkening of concrete, standing water and condensation; (7) moisture content of concrete subfloor is or becomes greater than 3 lbs. per a calcium chloride moisture test or 75% RH for adhesive only installation method; (8) the property of the installation does not have proper drainage; (9) moisture related problems are related to flooding, leakage, topical moisture, improper ventilation, improper maintenance or cracks in the subfloor or foundation; or (10) problems arise due to defects in the flooring, or misuse or abuse. Further, the Product is not intended for mold or mildew abatement.

*Any and all addendums or changes to the wood floor manufacturer’s warranties will be reflected in the execution of Franklin International’s warranty immediately upon release by the wood floor manufacturer. The effective date of said changes and addendums will dictate coverage by Franklin International in relation to the date of installation. As Franklin International is honoring the applicable terms of all wood floor manufacturers’ current published warranties, Franklin International will also require the same jobsite preparations and installation instructions that accompany each warranty in question.

In the case of subfloor moisture warranties, Franklin International will cover cupping and buckling of the wood floor when the wood floor manufacturer names coverage of these phenomenon explicitly in their subfloor moisture warranty (where applicable) for a period of 10 years for residential applications and 5 years for commercial applications.
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