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Old 05-27-2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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Stair Tiling Problem

This is my first tiling project and I messed it up a little bit. I laid porcelain tile for my basement stairs and used the Schluter-RONDEC-STEP profiling for the edge of the steps. However, I laid the horizontal tiles down with the profiling before laying the vertical tile. After the horizontal steps dried I started to prep the vertical tiles and found they stick out of the edging. I didn't know I was supposed to install the vertical tile underneath the edging (see pictures). Does anyone have any ideas on what I can put on the vertical cement backer board now since the tiles are too thick? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat!

Jazz or Bud might have an idea---I'm fresh out on this one.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:44 PM   #4
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Yous guys are too funny!

It would have worked out, but you installed Hardie on the risers, therefore reducing the clearance for the tile. Just not enough overhang for backer and tiles. Another reason we seldom tile wooden steps.

Actually it's normal to install the step before the riser. Had you done it the other way, it's likely the step nosing would not have "sat" correctly on the step.

Your only choice is to tile the risers, cutting the tiles to fit to the nosing. Place the un cut edge to the nosing and the cut side down leaving a gap for caulk. Also caulk to the nosing otherwise it'll crack. Hell.... may as well just caulk all the joints.

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Old 05-27-2011, 11:08 PM   #5
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Okay here's a save for you.

If I were doing that job and starting where you are right now I would buy some Schluter Schiene to match the RONDEC you have. The Schiene would be cut wall to wall for each riser and the nose of the Schiene would be placed against the RONDEC at the bottom edge of the "drop" and on the surface of the riser. The business-end of the Schiene would then tuck behind the riser-tile as it should. Appearance-wise no one will ever know the Schiene doesn't belong there and it will finish the over look of the stairs which look pretty good right now. The riser tiles will still stand slightly proud of the RONDEC but this way the Schiene will appear that it is an element of the RONDEC.
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Thanks for the advice. I really like the Schiene save. I'll let you guys know how it goes.



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