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k2

08:49AM | 11/15/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
Greetings group,

I'm about ready to install kitchen countertops. The plan is to put ceramic tile on these in a couple of weeks. (The tiles are large heavy-duty porcelain tiles, about (maybe) 3/8" thick so not extremely thick.)

A few questions first, if you please:

1. Can I just attach 3/4" exterior plywood directly to the cabinetry--or is some sort of "shimming" (for added height) recommended? (I'd rather avoid TOO much height but if it's recommended I can do it.)

2. Is it sufficient to use attach the underlayment using just the corner braces provided by the cabinet manufacturer--or is additional support needed?

3. I was planning to use 1/2" Hardiebacker on the plywood. I believe this is a new product (I've only seen 1/4" in the past) but if it's stronger and lasts longer, this has obvious appeal. Any experience (pros and cons) with this product?

4. In your collective experience--anything else I should know going in?

Thanks in advance!
-k2 in CO.

[This message has been edited by k2 (edited November 15, 2003).]

carpetman

02:31PM | 11/16/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
cut your plywood about 3/8" to 1/2" past the front of the cabinets,drill holes in to the support,then screw down the plywood,if you are using 3/4" or better,the 1/4 hardybacker is fine,,,screw and glue the backerboard to the plywood,(clue the plywood down to the tops,sides of the cabinets with liguid nails). you can now install the tile....good luck

[This message has been edited by carpetman (edited November 16, 2003).]

k2

03:13PM | 11/16/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Thank you Carpetman, I believe I'm now ready for this next phase of this lengthy project!


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