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Old 04-18-2008, 02:56 PM   #16
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Orange, I'm no expert here, but I can tell you these guys are really helpful, but will need more specific details on your project to help you. i.e; what does your floor consist of after you removed underlay and vinyl.
The more detail you give the more the guys are able to help.

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Orange, I'm no expert here, but I can tell you these guys are really helpful, but will need more specific details on your project to help you. i.e; what does your floor consist of after you removed underlay and vinyl.
The more detail you give the more the guys are able to help.
I had a query about the removal of the vinyl with 1/4 underlay and the 8x8 ceramic with ply underlay.
see Removing and replacing ceramic tile floor

I have removed all of the underlay and vinyl, and underlay and ceramic.
My subfloor is 5/8 t&G OSB; 2x10 joists on 16" centres.
My underlay is 5/8 exterior plywood screwed 4" on perimeter and 6" in field.

Yes I know the forum is helpful. I retired in Dec and have had some questions/answers/advice thru the forum (electrical , drywall, flooring ..). Great spot!
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Orange,

In addition to the numbers you supplied, please let us know what the unsupported span of the joists is.

Your two layers in the subfloor system will be good. Sounds like you're thinking of setting your tiles on the plywood underlayment. I would not recommend that. You'll get a much better job if you install a tile backer board over the plywood, or Ditra membrane.

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Brian,

You should not grout the perimeter of a room especially up to a brick wall. You should caulk that joint to match the grout.

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Orange,

In addition to the numbers you supplied, please let us know what the unsupported span of the joists is.

Your two layers in the subfloor system will be good. Sounds like you're thinking of setting your tiles on the plywood underlayment. I would not recommend that. You'll get a much better job if you install a tile backer board over the plywood, or Ditra membrane.

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Joists span is 11'.
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Thanks Jaz, going to look into getting some sanded caulk to match the grout where I bought the tile.
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Orange,

Your span is fine, your should end up with a nice sturdy subfloor. I only fear you might cut corners with the tile installation though.

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Is there a hard fast rule on the "wait 24 hrs to grout"? Would like to tile tonight and grout about 12 hours later, tomorrow. Ill advised?

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