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Old 04-27-2011, 01:02 AM   #16
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Do all three doors swing into that porch area?
Keep in mind this could possibly be another complication as the CBU and tile will most likely raise the height of the floor.

Sheet vinyl is another alternative you might consider. With such a small area, remnants are very reasonable.

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:06 AM   #17
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yes! all 3 doors do swing in. 2 of the doors are definitely raised off the ground, but the main outside door isn't.

This is actually something I was thinking about a little, and the main reason we didn't just get an indoor floor mat.

Is there any way to work this out? I kinda had my heart set on tile

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:23 AM   #18
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I've taken down interior doors with a circular saw, but with the threshold and weather proofing an exterior door is a lot more challenging. I've never messed with one.
I'm gonna pass on this and hope one of the guys can help you.
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The framing under that floor looks like 2x6 to me---I think you are a little light to be able to tile without fear of early failure----Let's see what Bud and Jazz have to say----Mike----
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Great pictures and great detail, thank you.

Now we need to know the size of those floor joists and the length of the (floor joists) span that is unsupported.

And here is the first bad news:
You are going to also need some plywood on that dimensional lumber before any cement board is put down. Probably not less than 5/8" but 3/4" would be better.

Doors can be cut off if need be.
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Hmm I'm going to have a good think about whether to tile or not. From the sounds of things I might be better off either leaving it and just steam cleaning it - or ripping it up and laying vinyl.

Really appreciate the help/support though guys!
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DEFLECTION is also a major issue. Until you give us the measurements asked for we can not determine the deflection. Deflection alone may terminate your tile plans.

Not all structures are suitable for a tile installation. Unfortunately.
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Sadly,wood bends--tile breaks--- you must always remember those two sentences
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Thanks guys for all your help... I'm going to abandon this project and wait till I get my own place before I become a tiling maniac. I'll def stick around on the forum though - lots of information here and a great community
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I'm going to abandon this project and wait till I get my own place before I become a tiling maniac.
I see that as a wise decision at this time. I would be the last person to ever poo-poo a tile installation but what is more important than having tile is having tile that will last.
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Thanks guys for all your help... I'm going to abandon this project and wait till I get my own place before I become a tiling maniac. I'll def stick around on the forum though - lots of information here and a great community
As with many projects, you're better off spending a good percentage of your time planning, rather than jumping in with both feet and being sorry later.

I totally feel you about trying to control the dog grime. We have four dogs and an invisible-style fence, so when the weather is crappy they go outside and stay outside 'til I can take the time to wipe paws (and for my Doxie his chest). The funny part is, now 3 of the 4 dogs consider getting toweled off the best thing since Kraft singles. My lab mix is such an addict that he considers any time he even catches a glimpse of a towel toweling-off-time. But my shepherd mix HATES it, she growls and complains the entire time.

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