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hubbard53 09-28-2012 12:49 PM

Simple Porch Tiling
 
While not as ambitious as some of the other projects here, this is my latest project that I have managed to begin after the birth of my son :eek:

I moved into a new house and there was this odd 14'x14' porch that just didnt work..see below...

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...0/DSC00299.jpg


My simple plan was to tile this and with the help of this board, i found some porcelain tile and some confident to begin

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w.../patioday1.jpg

Looks bigger without all the junk on it :)

Here's the underlayment - unmodified thinset between the slab and ditra:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w.../patioday2.jpg

The kid thought the spacers were great fun!

I've actually got all the tile in place now and just need to grout as the weather has not been permitting. . .

Here's the field ready for grout (and a good scrubbing)

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...94573587_o.jpg


So here's the final project (for this year). I need to paint the foundation a little where the builder didnt paint and put some stain on the stairs which will be replaced next spring. I also noticed my ffront center trim tile is off a little... going to keep it for now but it will probably have to fix it next spring.


http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...hed_patio2.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...shed_patio.jpg

cleveman 09-28-2012 09:58 PM

Best thing about kids like that is they don't need knee pads.

rebelranger 09-30-2012 07:10 PM

I like it. What did you use for thinset? Are you worried about the freeze/thaw cycles?

hubbard53 10-01-2012 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelranger (Post 1020722)
I like it. What did you use for thinset? Are you worried about the freeze/thaw cycles?

This should generate some replies....

I used CustomBlend Unmodified Thinset (yes, I've read both sides of the CustomBlend debate and still chose to use it) both between the slab and ditra and the ditra and tile.

I installed both the ditra and the tile according to both manufacturer recommendations and am comfortable with the risk associated with freeze/thaw cycles. I talked to a lot of professionals - some said it would work, some said it would not. Who do you believe? I guess time will tell - how else do people like me gain experience aside from just doing it?

rebelranger 10-01-2012 01:51 PM

Ok what was your "CustomBlend" unmodified thinset? I want to do this exact project on a front porch with steps and just don't want it breaking this winter...if it makes 2 winters I'll be ok with that.

hubbard53 10-01-2012 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelranger (Post 1021247)
Ok what was your "CustomBlend" unmodified thinset? I want to do this exact project on a front porch with steps and just don't want it breaking this winter...if it makes 2 winters I'll be ok with that.

that's the brand name from Home Depot.

I'm like you. If it last a few winters with some minor repairs along the way, I'll be happy... see above for the finished project

rebelranger 10-01-2012 10:41 PM

Good deal. How about any surface prep of the concrete, or just a good wash?


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