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Old 09-05-2010, 08:30 PM   #1
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I'm going to try tiling the walls in a bathroom. I need about 60 square feet of tile. How much mortar will I need for that? What's a good brand? The local Lowes has something called Laticrete that is premixed. Is that any good?

Also, I need to cut a square hole in one where a power outlet is. Would a drill work? I was thinking about drilling several holes around it and clipping it off with tile snippers....or whatever that's called. The hole will be under the outlets cover, so it doesn't have to be perfect.

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I would use mastic on a wall, not mortar.

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You said you are tiling bathroom walls. Did you mean in the shower? Prep work in a shower is crucial or you will get mold or leaking. I am going to assume you are starting from scratch. Use your cementboard, waterproof tape and to be sure- waterproof the cement board with Red Guard.A plumber should install and inspect the pan because this can cause the most problems if not done correctly . Laticrete is a good brand. The amount to buy is on the container- use the right size trowel as well . Use white not grey if the tile is light, or the grey will bleed through over time. If you are using larger tiles use an extra strength mortar that can also be used on tiling the ceiling. Buy the stain resistant grout ,caulk the walls to the floor and enjoy.

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no mastic in a shower though!! And never with glass tile
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Sorry not a shower. This would be the walls of the bathroom. From the floor to about 4 feet up.

The tiles are a darker brown color. I was going to use 12x12 for most of it. And 6x6 for the top row.
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He said "walls", I assume he meant "walls", not shower, but who knows.
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don't forget the bullnose to cap it off.
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12X12 is awfully large for bathroom tiles.
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So should I go with 6x6? I was only going with the 12x12 because that would be fewer tiles to mess with.
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So should I go with 6x6? I was only going with the 12x12 because that would be fewer tiles to mess with.
how big is the bathroom? I used 18" on mine and 8x10 on the shower wall. Less grout to clean LOL ! I have pics if you want to see , also one of a bath I did for a client.
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With tiles that big,use thinset--POWDERED IN A BAG---mastic will take weeks to dry under those big tiles.
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how big is the bathroom? I used 18" on mine and 8x10 on the shower wall. Less grout to clean LOL ! I have pics if you want to see , also one of a bath I did for a client.
The bathroom is 85x62 inches. I figured the part I was going to tile is about 60 square feet. I would love to see the pics.
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12X12 is awfully large for bathroom tiles.
In this area 12 X 12 (13 X 13) is about all we have used for bathroom walls in several years. That's what everyone wants around here.

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