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happytrails

04:52AM | 07/05/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
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My contractor has told me that there is no need to put backer board on the wall for a tile backsplash in the kitchen. During that discussion, we had talked about adding a 1/4" drywall layer over the plaster and then tiling it. (He recommended the 1/4" drywall over the plaster instead of ripping the plaster down.) The reason for the 1/4" drywall was because I have to pull off vinyl off of the wall on the lower half and when I pull it off some of the plaster comes with it. Now I am thinking that I would rather put up some bead board on the lower half rather than drywall the whole kitchen. Otherwise, the plaster is in perfect shape, no cracks, etc. Originally I wanted to gut it but he suggested the 1/4" drywall. I really would rather not lose the plaster because it helps to keep my house cool in the summer. My house was built in 1930. Help, before he arrives on the 15th! Thanks.

Graham Flooring

05:38PM | 07/05/03
to answer your question, no you don't have to put backerboard up for a tile backsplash. ( if you are useing the traditional 4x4 tiles made from talc powder. These are very light weight and will never need to withstand any weight on them.
You can even put them over plaster.

Hope this helps.

Graham Flooring

05:38PM | 07/05/03
to answer your question, no you don't have to put backerboard up for a tile backsplash. ( if you are useing the traditional 4x4 tiles made from talc powder. These are very light weight and will never need to withstand any weight on them.
You can even put them over plaster.

Hope this helps.

happytrails

05:18PM | 07/06/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
Thanks so much; you have eased my mind. I'm always a little leary of taking a contractor's advice (without asking other people to subtantiate the info).
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