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overwhelmed 02-20-2008 03:51 AM

Tile Floor Problem
I'm New At This Chatroom Stuff, So Bare With Me.
I'm Looking For A Possible Solution If Any, To A
Great Looking But Unlevel Tile Floor That Has Just Been Put Down In My Bathroom. I Have Porcelain Tiles Laid Down In A Pinwheel Pattern With Carrara Marble At The Center Of Each Pinwheel. The Problem Is The Marble
Is Sitting Higher Than The Porcelain. It's Created A Probable Trip Hazzard. Short Of A Tear Out And Start Over, Does Anyone Have A Suggestion To Solve This....

Bondo 02-20-2008 06:34 AM


Great Looking But Unlevel Tile Floor That Has Just Been Put Down In My Bathroom.

You could try yelling at it.

You might have Better Luck calling the Installer,+ Yelling at Him/ Her.......

CCSowner 02-20-2008 07:08 AM

The only thing you could do is tear out all the low pieces and build them up with thin-set so everything is level.:):yes:

Bill_Vincent 02-20-2008 10:17 AM

I don't know how they get away with selling tile like this. it should ONLY be face mounted with sheets of paper, and then mudset only! There is no other way to set tile like that!!

JazMan 02-20-2008 12:53 PM

Who selected tiles of different types and thicknesses? If it was you, why didn't someone stop you or bring this up? Obviously should have been installed as Bill said. Next time hire a professional. Make them fix it.


ponch37300 02-20-2008 01:38 PM

Not to highjack this thread but just curious what you mean by face mounted with sheets of paper and then mud set? Thanks

Bud Cline 02-20-2008 04:13 PM

I think Bill is talking about something else!:)

You said stone tile was mixed with some ceramic tile. Stone tile is always thicker than ceramic and when used together if nothing is done to re-elevate the (thinner) ceramic this is what you get.

This error falls directly on the shoulders of the salesman first, if there was one and then also on the installer. That floor should not have ever been installed without your knowledge of what would happen and you're approval of the variance in advance.

If you selected the tiles without any help from a salesman then the problem is yours but the installer should have made you aware of what was going to happen unless of course he was inexperienced and didn't know either.:(

Bad deal, no way to fix it.:no:

Bill_Vincent 02-20-2008 05:42 PM

No, I was talking about this stuff. The ONLY way tiles of different thicknesses should be mounted together is instead of being mounted on mesh on the backs of the tile, where the different thicknesses are what they are, they should be face mounted instead. IOW, a solid piece of paper is "glued" to the face of the tile, so that way, they can be set into thick bed mortar, and then the tiles are flush across the faces, and the difference in thickness is hidden in the mortar. If you're using an accent tile that's thinner or thicker, that's a different story. Then you can add thinset where necessary. But when using mounted mosaics, that's next to impossible.

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