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Old 03-10-2019, 09:44 AM   #1
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Ceramic tile install from subfloor up


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I have been waiting to do this small project for some time as expected to run into issues. Wife wanted tile in the bathroom. I am 90% done removing the tongue and groove wood flooring. It had laminate flooring on it. I was hoping that the wood would be ok but had mold. Like I said expected issues. So the wood needed to be pulled.

Found the installers put a vapor tar paper barrier in under the wood flooring. So that protected from the mold spread. Great!

I have never done tile before. I am now down to the floor planks across the floor supports. I got some Ditra to give more support. Do I need to install plywood over the planks then do motar, then Ditra then motar then the ceramic tile? Or can I just do motar then Ditra then motar to tile?

Not trying to cut corners, want to do it right while it's all open. I have the time on Vacation, just the wife's patience I am up against haha.

Also wondering if worth installing heater coils but never done that. Just was thinking since it was open. It's a small bathroom only 4x7.

Throwing in new sink and toilet while I am at it.
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Here is the pre floor pull
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I got some Ditra to give more support
Nope, Ditra is not structural.
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Do I need to install plywood over the planks
Absolutely. How thick are the planks? What's the size, spacing and unsupported span of the floor joists? You said ceramic - you mean ceramic or porcelain and not a natural stone product, right?
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Here is where I am at now. Yes, ceramic tile. The sub floor is 10in boards as you can see. 3/4 to 1in think. Beams are 16in o/c to 10in o/c house is oldish 1940's
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