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Old 01-11-2019, 06:35 PM   #1
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Kitchen backsplash repair gone wrong? (/w Picture)


I bought a new construction house couple months ago. Some pieces of kitchen backsplash were damaged during the initial installation so I asked the builder to send a guy over for repair.

A guy came today to repair the backsplash. After he removed the backsplash pieces, I took a picture. It looked like he punctured the drywall and left many holes in the drywall when removing the individual backsplash pieces. I asked him about this and he said he would put plaster before installing the backsplash pieces and the grout.

However, I am concerned that 1) without drywall, there's no proper back support for the backsplash pieces if they are being pressed or pushed in firmly against the wall. 2) Also, with this many holes, is that going to affect the insulation / air coming in or out of the house?

The guy did not speak much English so I couldn't get the answer out of him. Just want everyone's take on this if this repair is normal? Thanks.

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If anything, holes will provide better purchase for the mud than the flat drywall...
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If anything, holes will provide better purchase for the mud than the flat drywall...

Yikes, lol


To the original question, yes it's true that this is not ideal and theoretically it will be weakened. But in practice, if he fills it reasonably well behind, you should be fine. There are not going to be strong forces acting upon this. If it's grouted well that will also help lock it in place (even though in theory you're not supposed to count on grout for support, it cannot but do so to an extent, and especially with smaller tiles.)
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OP, was the backsplash intended to look like it was installed by a drunk Scotsman?
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New construction?? Have it all taken down and have the GC hire a sober tile layer. Whose idea was the glass tile? It is probably the worst to work with of all. In addition, it looks too busy.......or erratic.
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OP, was the backsplash intended to look like it was installed by a drunk Scotsman?
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