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Old 08-29-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Porcelain tile in basement bathroom


I want to put tile down in my newly framed basement bathroom. The walls are up and the shower stall is already installed. The floor is concrete. I've purchased porcelain tile for the floor and I'm hoping to get it down this weekend while my wife is away. I need some help!
Here's what I know:
-wash the floor
-plan out my grid
-spread out my thinset stuff
-lay down the tile, apply pressure
-wait for it dry
-put in the mortar, scraping away the excess
Here's what I'm wondering about:
-because it's concrete, do I need to put something else down first?
-what's the best way to be certain it's going to be level (the concrete floor is probably not perfectly level)
-anything else I'm probably not thinking about?
Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Old 08-29-2012, 09:44 AM   #2
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What size tile is it?
Do you know what trowel to use?
The concrete doesn't need to be level but needs to be flat.

You can post a pic of your floor for better details.

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The tile is 13"x13"
After watching some videos, I think a 1/2" trowel will suit my needs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but using a trowel of this size will allow me to compensate for any high spots.

Sorry, don't have any pics to post at the moment.
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The tile is 13"x13"
After watching some videos, I think a 1/2" trowel will suit my needs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but using a trowel of this size will allow me to compensate for any high spots.

Sorry, don't have any pics to post at the moment.
So the floor isn't flat enough for 1/4x3/8? Some one might have second opinion but you have indents or bumps? You think you can skim coat around the high spots?
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You think you can skim coat around the high spots?
I don't really understand what you mean.
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