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Old 04-23-2010, 09:08 PM   #1
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Tiling over shiplap subfloor


Renovating the bathroom and have 3/4" shiplap for subfloor.
Tried to glue and screw 1/4" plywood to "beef it up" a bit and it just bounced in between the joists(16" o.c.) so I pulled it up before the glue could dry as I didnt want to continue on with porcelain tile and have them cracking.

Should I skip trying to add another layer of subfloor and go with Schluter Ditra where the tiles will be laid and leave the shiplap under the bathtub?

Thanks for any responses...


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Old 04-24-2010, 06:05 AM   #2
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Ceramic tile requires a subfloor at least 1 1/4" thick and VERY stiff. Plywood is needed over T&G subfloor, but more than 1/4". Hardibacker or duroc, glued and screwed down, qualifies.


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Old 04-24-2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what code is in your part of the world, but here it's 5/8th over 5/8th (or 1.25 inches) like Just Bill said. I'd suggest screwing down 5/8" plywood over shiplap as there is significantly more movement there than there would be in a plywood subfloor.

Don't just add another 1/4" sheet of plywood, two sheets of 1/4" inch aren't as stable as one sheet of 1/2".

Good luck and have fun, it should look great when you're done!
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