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Old 04-12-2013, 01:56 AM   #1
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Installing Quality Porceline Tile over Well installed plywood base


I have just removed a cermaic tile floor in my Kitchen. The tile was in great condition after 20 years. My intent was to Install Hardy backer and retile with a high quality porecline. When I removed the Cermaic tile floor, I found it was on a solid 3/4 Toung and grouve Subfloor with a 1/4 inch plywood backer very well glued to the subfloora. There was a metal mesh lathing stapled to the backer and what appears to be thin set over the mesh.

Removing the tile floor was a challenge, but the mesh actually helped, because we were able to get a prestine surface under the mesh. There is know way we can remove the backing 1/4" plywood as it is glued and holding well.

I want to go forward with an install of porceline tile over the origional surface. I know nothing about a metal lath layer.

Can I go forward with a Thin set over the existing subfloor and backing materal..

If I need to put down a mesh, what is it and how do I install

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:45 AM   #2
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You got lucky on that mesh job----they are not as dependable as Durrock---as a matter of fact the 'Jersey Mud ' job is not recommended at all---

My suggestion ,if the 1/4" ply is glued securely---add 3/8 or 1/2 inch BC ply over the top---then 1/4" Wonderboard or Durrock---set in thinset and properly nailed-----then set your tile---

I do not like Hardibacker---so I don't use it---your choice---

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