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Old 02-14-2009, 09:54 AM   #16
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Scheeesssh, forget the CBU, if drywall is still there just go right over it, for that size tile, Mastic or Thinset will work fine, sounds like stone look alike porcelain, space em 3/16" and use sanded grout.

Get longer screws for the outlets and be done with it.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:28 PM   #17
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Yes, well, they looked good. I'm sure they were made for floor but hey, they worked.

Actually, they are all up now.

A couple questions on grouting though. Should I just use silicone where they meeting the counter top edging or grout?

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That's awfully thick. I usually do 1/16".
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Use caulking colored the same as the grout
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:05 PM   #19
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Yes, well, they looked good. I'm sure they were made for floor but hey, they worked.
I was referring to the grout joint size, not tile thickness.

Yes, caulk seam from counter to tile. You should also use caulk if you have a tile to tile corner. Rule for tile, caulk, not grout any changes of tile plane.
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Rule for tile, caulk, not grout any changes of tile plane.
Or any change in materials like tile to wood
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:18 PM   #21
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Finished - Pictures in case anyone cares to see


All,

Appreciate the help. I know there were comments on the thickness of my tiles but I got porcelian tiles for $1.50 a piece that looked good so I thought it was a good deal. Plus some of the basic tiles are pretty plain looking.

Attached are some pictures. I just sealed the grout.

Hope I didn't do too terrible of a job.

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I think you did a fantastic job.


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Thanks. Don't tell anyone, but I grouted to the counter ledge. Oops, I just did tell everyone. It looks good and I suppose if I have some vibration or settling and it cracks out, I will be fixing with silicone down the road.

Oh, and as for the grout thickness, I chose 1/4 inch because with that size tile, 1/4 inch plus the tiles made for the perfect fill of the space. Otherwise I may have ended up with a zillion slivers of tile at the top, measuring about 1/4 to 5/16 inch and that would have look worse I think.

Appreciate the clarification though.

Oh, if anyone cares to agree with me on that crappy wallpaper, feel free.

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thought the wallpaper was the before picture. Do you even want an opinion?
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Oh, you are absolutely correct! Was just joking around - to see if everyone agreed that the wallpaper looks horrendous!


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