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Old 04-24-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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I have a treated wood front pourch we have tiled it. The tile pulls away from the risiers on the steps and cracks on the flat edges on some steps. What can I do to keep the tile from pulling away from the risiers and cracking on the steps as well. We have tried wire mesh ? Also is it because of wood has movement and the change in hot & very cold weather throughout the year ? Please help me out im also having grip issues in the winter thanks!!!

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Old 04-24-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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Well first of all...
1. You never apply tile directly to lumber, it never lasts.
2. Nextly you never use "treated" wood anywhere in any type of a tile installation, it never lasts.
3. Stairs (steps) are always problematic unless they are made of concrete. They move when traversed. A two hundred pound man can exert more than four hundred pounds of force with each step when descending stairs I've been told.
4. Everything you have described is exactly why you should never do what you have done.

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Lushie - I realize that Bud's post isn't very helpful to you. But there really isn't a lot to suggest to help, for the reasons he stated. Sorry.

To everyone else: this is a good example of why telling the pros that you don't want to or plan not to take their advice leads to failure. Yes, there are many ways to do things, but some things just don't work... like tiling directly on a wooden porch.
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Lushie - I realize that Bud's post isn't very helpful to you.
Quite to the contrary.
My information is helpful in that it should be warning enough not to spend any more time or money trying to repair something that isn't going to allow itself to be repaired. Rather, the thing to do would be to take it all apart and re-do it using lasting methods next time.
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