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Old 03-18-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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I have a friend that was wanting me to check out his floor, they paid someone to come and install tile. They did half the job, took the money and left. Luon was put down and they were going to place tile on top.

I've done a tile jobs before. Not an expert. I was told to put down wonder board/backer board.

Is there anything wrong with putting down luon and what's the purpose of putting either on top of the osb

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Old 03-18-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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Luan ply has no place in a ceramic floor--Were they planning to set the tile on that?
You could not find a worse under layment than Luan.

Definitely want some cement board .

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Sorry to hear of your friend's problems and mistakes. Hope they recover their money from the hack. This kind of thing happens all the time and usually to those that are looking to get work done super cheap. Everyone I know is working cheap right now, but stay away from handymen types.

Next time they should hire a legitimate licensed company. Or you. At least it sounds like you did an installation correctly once.

As Mike mentioned, luaun is one of the worst underlayment to use in a tile installation. We always remove it when it's already installed. Every thin set mortar manufacturer tells you not to tile over it, too unstable. Plus it does not add any strength, too thin, too soft. Remove the luaun and install concrete backer according to directions.

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Old 03-19-2010, 08:11 PM   #4
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so I made it to my friends house, they removed the water damaged t&g. well looks like it , then they apparently put in 1/2 in flooring with luan on top. Ceramic tile wasn't used by the sticker square tile. How long do you think it would take for water to get through the sticker tile in a bathroom.
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Peel and stick 12" squares? About two seconds.....

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