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Old 02-26-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Can the drywall support the tiles?

We are renovating our bathroom. Our porcelain tiles are 24 x 12. My question is with a good quality adhesive can we apply these tiles to drywall or do we need to replace the drywall with cement board? Many thanks,


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cement board is prefered but yes drywall can support it with the proper thinset for wall tiles.
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Umm... I know you didn't ask this, but your other two threads are about showers. Are these shower walls?

If so, tell us you're using Kerdi. Otherwise drywall in a shower is not a good idea.

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yeah, never drywall in a shower...

in our powder room we have 12" x 36" porcelain tiles with 1/16" grout lines all the way to the ceiling... on drywall. We purchased them at porcelanosa (a store representing the tile manufacturer) and asked detailed questions about both the thinset/grout they recommend, and the notch of the trowel. I vaguely remember a 1/2" notch.

about 2 years later, and the walls are still flawless.
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