I tiled a 3'x4' shower to the ceiling, mixing all the thinset (and grout) by hand.
If you're doing something intricate like a backsplash keep in mind you don't have to do it all in one batch.
I would set my full squares with one batch. Then take my time making sure all my cuts were accurate before mixing a second batch (I had more cut tiles than uncut).
It means doing a lot more clean-up, but you can take your time and not feel rushed if you do it in sections.
Good catch Blond. At this point I am undecided which direction I'll go and I am a teensy bit concerned about it.
I have already marked the wall where the mirror mounts are going to go. Then when I do my dry layout, I will be able to see where things line up. I can't move the mounts left/right due to centering, but do have some leeway up/down. I'll guess I'll have to see how much area the wall mounts cover and hope to hide most of the tile damage under the mount. If I am really lucky, the two screw holes per mount will fall exactly on a grout line.
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