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Old 11-11-2011, 04:49 PM   #1
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Tile in front of fireplace with carpet - new addition


We just put on a new addition with a gas fireplace flush to the wall. I want to install two rows of tiles in front of the fireplace before the carpeting goes in. The floor is a concrete slab. The carpet guy mentioned that we should install an underlayment (I assume cement board) over the concrete about a 1/2 inch smaller than the overall surface of the tiles, I believe so the carpet can be tucked in under the tile. My wife talked to the guy, so I am not sure if this is all correct. Does this make sense? I would think that we should be flush, considering the grout will not cover the exposed edges of the tile. Is there a better/correct way to do this, prior to carpet being installed?

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CBU should not be installed on concrete. The tile should be set in thinset.


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As Rusty said, you do not install concrete backer on concrete. Set the tiles with the proper thin set mortar and use this kind of edging. http://www.schluter.com/2171.aspx

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Set tile directly on concrete with thinset mortar. I prefer a different schluter profile for tile to carpet www.schluter.com/1_4_reno_tk.aspx

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