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Shawnzy 01-02-2011 10:34 PM

First time tiling! (and its a fireplace)
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Hey all, Im still new to different projects and tiling is one. I tiled a room and bathroom with uncle and dad whe nI was 13 haha so its been a while so Ive been watching as many videos as I can find about tiling and I need some information to make sure I got the proper equipment to do the job. The fireplace is paneling painted and I am planning on putting aleminc stone tiles on it. I purchased a bag of thinset and I am curious what I could look for to findout if its strong enough. The bag said it is good for 185psi or something on the back I read. I got a trowl with 3/8 gap between teeth I know theres different spaces so hopefully this is correct tool! Thanks for the help, Noob here and I used search button didnt find anything good.

Thanks again

Bud Cline 01-02-2011 10:41 PM


The fireplace is paneling painted...
Not sure what that means.
Exactly what is the substrate made of right now?

If it is old fashion wall panelling, you wouldn't want to try to apply any kind of stone or tile to it.

Tell us more.:)

Why the photo of the tile? What's that all about?:)

Shawnzy 01-02-2011 10:55 PM

It is old fashioned paneling, painted. The photo of the tile is so you get an idea what kind of tile so you know that it weights more then an average tile.

Bud Cline 01-02-2011 11:00 PM

OK. The weight is the least of your worries. Neither the paneling (nor the paint) is compatible with a ceramic tile or stone installation and it should be totally removed first.

What is under the paneling?:)

Shawnzy 01-17-2011 01:50 PM

behind the paneling is studs and insulation, certain type of plywood to help thinset grab better?

Bud Cline 01-18-2011 01:43 PM

Not a good idea to apply tile to plywood in most cases.:no:

Are you sure that paneling is attached directly to the studs? I'm thinkin' not.:)

Shawnzy 01-18-2011 03:47 PM

I pulled it off there is stud 1X6 strips running on top of studs and they are attached to that. What do I use that cement board?

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