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Old 03-27-2011, 11:12 PM   #1
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re-tiling a backsplash?

We have removed the old tile back splash in our kitchen to make way for a new one. The old tile was installed directly on the plaster. The old tile left a good bit of adhesive on the wall. I'm a little unsure on how to handle this. Should I find the studs, screw backer board to the studs and tile on that. Or will I be ok scraping off as much of the old adhesive as possible and going directly to the plaster again. I'm a little concerned with poor bonding if I go directly to the plaster, I don't know if I will be able to get every little bit of adhesive off. However that is the route I'm planning to take right now. I'm also a little concerned about using backerboard. While there are studs every 16", the backer board is to be screwed down every 8 inches. The plaster is over what appears to be drywall and is an inch thick in most places. I don't have a high confidence level in how well the backer board would be attached to the wall. Need some opinions on how folks would handle this, maybe there is another option I'm not considering.
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Sounds like the old tile and plaster was holding up pretty well. I would scrape all the loose adhesive off then retile.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:29 AM   #3
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It will be fine. There is no need for backer board. Tile is installed over drywall all the time.
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You don't have to get all the adhesive off, just the high spots and any loose stuff. The low rough surface can be compensated for by using a trowel with notches a little deeper then the rough surface. The tiles will float on the adhesive and not bottom out on the wall.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:22 AM   #5
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The screw every 8" pertains to floor tiles, you will be fine with wall tiles as the originals were

When its all said and done there is usually more said than done
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As the others have said; if the wall is sound, you should be able to go right over it.
If you want you can adhere this stuff to the wall first to give you a smooth surface to work on.
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