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Old 01-31-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Just fought with my tile installer when I mentioned that I DIDNT WANT a backsplash from the floor to the ceiling on a wall where I have a free standing sink.

"Apparently" he insists that the backsplash must be supported on the sink, but my sink is NOT the entire width of the wall. The sink sits freestanding and I have 10 inches on each side of the sink that are just wall.

Can the backsplash go on the entire width of the wall (from the sink up) without any support on which it sits?? (the empty sinkless sides)?

He just yelled at me and made me cry.
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Can you post a pic of your sink? Having a hard time visualizing it. Sorry about your tile installer :-/
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Nope, sorry, I'm at work and sink is wrapped in bubble wrap at home! Its new and not installed yet.

Just picture a sink that has no pedistal or base nor does it sit on a vanity.

PS thanks I wont let him get to me again!
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So does the sink just attach to the wall and cantilever?
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I don't see why you can't have the tile start part way up the wall.

I would use a schluter trip piece along the bottom edge of the tile for appearances and it can provide some support to the tile while it sets.

Let's wait for one of the tile experts to chime in. I'm curious as to what they would say.
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Don't see why not u can even put s piece of azek( or similar material) the width of the mounting part of sink to keep from teetering
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I don't see why you can't have the tile start part way up the wall.

I would use a schluter trip piece along the bottom edge of the tile for appearances and it can provide some support to the tile while it sets.

Let's wait for one of the tile experts to chime in. I'm curious as to what they would say.
or you can use a nice flat 1x2 or 1x3 as a ledger support for the tile as well.
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The tile is attached/adhered to the wall. The sink does not support it.
A common method of tiling is to attach a ledger board (a straight edged piece of wood) to the wall to keep the tiles from sliding until the thinset sets. Then when dry, this board is removed and the tiles stay put.

Are the tiles going to be set first, and the sink installed over them? Or is the sink installed first, and the tile set around them?
I think this may be the question you and your tile person are butting heads over.

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