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Old 05-22-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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I had to give up on the granite prefab, my friends are too old and broken down to help. The one young friend I have has a hernia!

So now I am planning on using 18X18X1/2" granite tile for a 40 sq ft kitchen countertop. I have done some small tile projects for myself over the years, but really do not know anything about tile..

I have a 3/4" plywood base which I will attach tile backer board to and then tile.

I am reading with this tile I should use a 1/2" notched trowel for the thinset

Seeing as it is not going to be walked on or weight bearing could I use a smaller notched trowel?

My goal is to keep the thinset as thin as possible, without creating a problem. I will be doing an undermount sink and it seems like a thick bed of mortar would be an issue?

Are there any alternatives to thinset? JIm

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I'd be rethinking the under mount sink idea and going with a drop in on this one.

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Granite tile has a very smooth backside and does not require a 1/2" notched trowel, that would be insane.

A 3/16" notch would be fine if you comb the substrate all in one direction and then back butter the tile smooth.
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Since this is a countertop and you can easily get the surface (plywood) very flat, you can get by with thinner thinset.

I would use Ditra, not backerboard, for a kitchen countertop. This would also allow easier waterproofing.

But don't you want 24" tile? 18" is a pretty narrow countertop.
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Thanks for the input. 18+6=24. 24" tile is hard to come by in this area, at a reasonable price anyway.

I will look into the ditra. JIm
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Hmmm, 6" strips - don't think I'd like that.

You could order online, you might find 24 x 24. This would be an improvment over 18 x 18
http://www.builddirect.com/Granite-T..._10085613.aspx

You could try this
http://www.builddirect.com/Prefab-Co...073_Ne_27.aspx

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I looked at Builders direct, They are not real forthcoming with info. But they appear to be glorified 12X12 tiles at a minimum of $25 sq ft. With a minimum purchase of $1250.

At $25 a foot I would rather spend some more and go for granite counters.

This seems a much better deal??

http://www.rockbottomtileandstone.co...ite-mini-slabs
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You obviously haven't priced granite counter tops.

You won't be finding them for no twenty-five dollars per square foot.
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I'm not sure what you mean. I just tried to check out using one of the products on that first link I gave you. Shipping is very expensive, but the price with shipping was less than $6/sf and I was ordering 96 sf for $556 with shipping.
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You obviously haven't priced granite counter tops.

You won't be finding them for no twenty-five dollars per square foot.
Read what he wrote again....
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He said if the tile was going to cost him $25/sf, he'd rather go ahead and spend more and just get the granite countertops. He's looking to save significant money off the granite countertops, not just 40 or 50%.

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Sorry I did not look at the links. When shopping I found their tile kits to be way overpriced IMHO! I do not like any of the colors in their large format tiles, but they are a great deal. Thanks for pointing them out.

The way I read it they have a minimum purchase + shipping. I can buy what I need in a color I like for about the same money. But in an 18X18 tile.

I need about 40 sq ft of counter, I live in Ft Myers FL area where the counter top market is very competitive. I would guess I could get it done in the high teens?

I should just go buy some linoleum and chrome edging and be done with it!

Thanks for all the input always appreciated. Semper Fi JIm
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i saw a black granite tile countertop, 12" tiles. very little or no gap (i don't remember).
that was put in by someone i know to be a hack. and it looked pretty good for what it was.

i would want 24" tiles. but often you have to do what you can afford.
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Well, all I can say is 24" x 18" tile is very usable even if you can't find 24" x 24" locally (obviously arrange the tile so it covers lengthwise from the wall to the front of the counter - no "horizontal" grout lines.) And <$6/sf including shipping sounds pretty darn acceptable to me. But whatever floats your boat....

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