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Old 02-01-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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how should i install large ceramic porcelain tiles on ceiling

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I did it once and used my zip poles to hold the tile in the thinset while it dried.The ceiling was backerboarded after the drywall was removed. I guess any kind of dead man system could work.
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I have done 12 x 12 tile on the ceiling. I would use wall mastic with a 3/8" trowel. With 12 x 12 tile I did not have to use any thing to hold them up. Make sure and keep an eye on them to make sure they don't sage. If you are using a larger tile or you want to make sure they don't sage or drop you can cut a 2x4 the width of the ceiling and another one a little bit longer than the hight from the floor to the ceiling 2x4 and wedge the ceiling 2x4 to hold the tile. Do not press to tight. Just enough to put the tile into the mastic.
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I've had no difficulty with 12x12 using 2 part modified thinset---Kerabond and Keralastic--

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Come on guys............you don't need anything to hold tiles to a ceiling. You guys wear hard-hats when doing ceilings? They'll stick better than to a wall. Tile might slide on walls if not supported.

Mastic on a shower ceiling over tile backer board? Why would you do that? What did you use on the walls?

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It was over contracter installed green board with epoxy grout
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Those "contractors", can't trust them to do the right thing.

OK so, mastic on the walls with epoxy grout. Any waterproofing used?

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...probably not. I'm sure it's the way the contractor has always done it though. I can't believe that there are still people who use green board and mastic in showers.
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btw I'm sure a well mixed thinset will hold tile to a ceiling but without experience I would suggest using a dead man to hold the tile up there.

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