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Old 04-29-2007, 02:41 PM   #16
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I forgot to add...If your correct about the modified vs. unmodified thinset, which I'll look into, maybe that's why he runs a flooring store instead of a field tile setter. Just a guess.

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Old 04-29-2007, 06:18 PM   #17
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Hardie recommends either type of thinset under the boards, I would go with unmodifed.
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Ok guys. Who wants to help me sandwhich this together? I am installing tile in kitchen + eating area and, 3/4" solid hardwood in other living areas. The eating area tile will abut the living room Hardwood. The entire subfloor is 3/4" plywood on 2X10 16" O.C.

The Porcelain tile is 5/16" thick. I think that gives me about 7/16" to play with. If some think the existing 3/4" plywood subfloor is inadequate then, How would you best remedy this dilemma? All serious inquires will be considered? Also, What would you consider too risky?
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FWIW:

In my application I removed the underlayment AND the sub-floor.

Installed 2x cleats on the floor joists, installing two layers of 3/4 ply on top off the cleats, between the joists, installed a layer of 1/2 ply on top those 2 layers and the joists, then installed 3/8 backer board over that. All layers glued and screwed.

Porcelain tile is now dead even with the adjoining 3/4 hardwood flooring.

If you don't have enough material under the tile, the grout will continously break out due to the floor flexing. Or worse yet the tile will crack along joist lines.

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