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TomR1972

02:11PM | 03/17/03
Member Since: 02/06/03
28 lifetime posts
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I would like to put ceramic tiles in my kitchen. As of now I have lino on top of particle board thats laying on plywood. I plan on taking everything out floor wise and even replacing the plywood with new plywood. The plywood should be how thick ....over 3/4 or more? Then on top of that would concrete board material be the best?.... such as what you can get at home depot?...I know your not supposed to lay that down with matching seams and that you should lay drywall tape and seal the seams if i understand correctly. Another question arises ...obvioulsy i am going to nail plywood to the joists but then what do i use to hold the concrete slabs down to the plywood? Once that is set and i begin to lay the tile another set of questions? I start from the center of the room but what if my kitchen is like two small squares with a walkway between them one for the cooking area and one for the seating area..all the same room but dimension wise any advice on tile laying placement? Also when laying the tile down how do i determine the spacing for them..how do i keep the tiles the same height assuming a level floor? How do you control the amount of adhesion material under them and what do i do when it squishes out to the areas that will contain the grout? And for the final question i have can i use a ceramic tile baseboard along the bottom of the walls? If so any advice on that ..is it worth doing ..we have water dishes for the dogs and cats and dont want the water to find its way between the tile and the wall.
Sorry for the multiple questions. I have just spent all day reading the 35 or so pages of threads on here regarding floors. This resulted in a few questions that i thought would best be asked based on my thoughts on how to do this.


Thanks ...im all ears ..or in this case eyes

Tom R

carpetman

09:56PM | 03/17/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
first the short answer,go to home depot a take the free tile class they offer each saturday and sunday.now the longer answer.take out the p-board (with lino attached) you should not have to replace the plywood subfloor ,unless it's damaged.use 1/4" backerboard (i like hardibacker best,but they all work well) use a tile mastic to glue down the backer board,then screw down the backer board as well.1 screw every 6 to 9 inches over the entire board,use 50 screws per board.use a thin set mortar to glue down the tile,use a spacer to hold the tile alignment,use a block and rubber mallet to hold your floor level.make sure you use the correct notch trowel.wait 24/48 hours before you grout, you can make a base board from tile ,take a 12 x 12 tile and cut 4 or 5 inches off the side,flip it over and do the same to the other side.use thin set or mastic to glue it to the wall.good luck

TomR1972

02:23AM | 03/18/03
Member Since: 02/06/03
28 lifetime posts
Thanks very much for your reply ...still yet one question the thin mortar under the tiles will undoubtedly spread to the spaces where the grout will go. Do i need to take that all out before I grout? If so do i just wipe it out? or use some tool to knock it out before i grout? Also i can space tiles anyway i like is that true? if so can i run tiles up against each other as tight as possible or must i leave about a 1/2 inch gap?

Thanks,
Tom R

carpetman

09:20AM | 03/18/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
the thin set won't raise to the level of the tile,just grout over whats there.a normal space for 12 x 12 tiles would be 1/4"(i would not put them tight together,it won't look right)good luck
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