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Old 01-20-2018, 10:03 AM   #151
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Question Large Format Wall Tiles

These are the tiles I'm setting on the wall. A large wainscot panel (8"x 31.5") with a baseboard and shoulder. I'm treating this as a large format install, which I believe means I need to use a large format mortar.

Mapei makes a large format mortar, Large Tile & Stone Mortar - http://www.mapeihome.com/large-tile-...#categoryID=36 but Lowes doesn't carry it. Lowes does have Mapei Large Floor Tile Mortar but they specifically say, "For use on floors only". Looks like the same stuff to me. Why can't I use this on the walls?

What do you guys think?

If I decided to use a Laticrete mortar instead, which Laticrete product would you use?
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:13 AM   #152
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Question Finish floor or move to the walls?

Also, my original plan was to finish the floor before starting on the walls but I'm starting to rethink this. As you can see in the picture I already have the perimeter tiles installed. The herringbone is just layed out here for getting the cuts correct. They are not in mortar.

Seems liked I'd be better off holding off on the floor tiles so I'm not working on the walls with these somewhat fragile tiles under foot.

What would you do. Finish the floor or start on the walls and then fill in the floor after?
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:40 PM   #153
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I've done some searching. I'm going to use either Laticrete TRI-LITE or CBP ProLite.

I can get the CBP at HD but I may be able to get the TRI-LITE, which would be my first choice.

Is there any special preparation required for the drywall? I've seen some recommendations that require sealing and others that don't seem to require any special treatment at all. My inclination is to seal it. It has already been sealed with a basic latex primer.
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:28 PM   #154
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1. I'd use Tri lite its good stuff. New drywall needs primed, painted you can either prime it or scuff it up.
2. If you do the floor first just cover it with moving blankets, ramboard, or anything like that.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:26 PM   #155
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1. I'd use Tri lite its good stuff. New drywall needs primed, painted you can either prime it or scuff it up.
2. If you do the floor first just cover it with moving blankets, ramboard, or anything like that.
Decided to give the CBP ProLite a try. We'll see how it goes. And I'm going to do the walls first. At least some of it.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:46 PM   #156
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Wainscot bathtub surround

So the panel in the attached picture will go around the bathtub.

Should I line it up with the edge of the tub or offset the edge? Lining it up will be easier but the offset may be visually more appealing.

What do you think?
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:14 PM   #157
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If the corner of the tub is square you could butt it, but most times its rounded so an offset would be better since you'll need to round the cut off a bit to fit the contour of the tub corner. Butt to it and hold the next tile up to it and you'll see what I mean.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:08 PM   #158
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If the corner of the tub is square you could butt it, but most times its rounded so an offset would be better since you'll need to round the cut off a bit to fit the contour of the tub corner. Butt to it and hold the next tile up to it and you'll see what I mean.
It's not square. It is rounded and there is a slight taper top to bottom so I'll offset.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:15 PM   #159
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Question Chair Rail

So how would you mortar this chair rail?

Fill it with mortar or just mortar the flat portion?

Also, for the upper lip, would you expect this to fit flush against the wall, i.e., minimum mortar/grout at the edge, or should it be spaced out from the wall, let's say a 1/16" and then filled with grout.
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Old 02-02-2018, 08:16 AM   #160
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Question Porcelain Tile behind wall mount toilet

I'm installing a wall mount toilet as you can see in this picture. Instead of drilling 4 largish holes in the porcelain tile I'm considering doubling up the backer board in the area behind the toilet and have the porcelain tile meet just under the edge of the toilet back.

This approach would eliminate drilling these holes in the porcelain and also remove any possible pressure from the toilet on the porcelain.

What do you think? Is this a good approach?
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:48 AM   #161
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I'll be installing a wall hung toilet in our remodel also.

Seems to me you'd need to have the tile meet the toilet around the entire perimeter, not just at the top. Not at all sure how you'll accomplish that in a clean manner, unless the back of the toilet is nothing but straight lines - which it isn't likely to be.

Do you have the sound absorption mat that goes between the back of the toilet and the finished wall?

Also, have you checked to ensure the bottom of the toilet will clear your baseboard/base tile? Just looks a little tight from here.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:46 PM   #162
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Man-0-man this is looking good.
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Old 02-03-2018, 12:32 PM   #163
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I'll be installing a wall hung toilet in our remodel also.

Seems to me you'd need to have the tile meet the toilet around the entire perimeter, not just at the top. Not at all sure how you'll accomplish that in a clean manner, unless the back of the toilet is nothing but straight lines - which it isn't likely to be.

Do you have the sound absorption mat that goes between the back of the toilet and the finished wall?

Also, have you checked to ensure the bottom of the toilet will clear your baseboard/base tile? Just looks a little tight from here.
I have the soundproof mat. Not sure how that matters here.

The pictures illustrate what I have in mind. In the red box I'd install another layer of Hardie Board. This isn't following the perimeter exactly but that should be okay. I just need to make sure the Hardie Board and tile are close to the same height. Might even prefer that the HardiBoard be ever so slightly proud. This will make cutting the tile simple.

I'll have to cut my baseboard tile in any case.
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Old 02-03-2018, 12:34 PM   #164
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Man-0-man this is looking good.
Thanks! I need that encouragement. I've been working on this forever and I still have plenty to do.
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Old 02-03-2018, 04:01 PM   #165
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I don't think adding Hardie there would enhance or prevent anything. Assuming the wall framing is solid, toilet bracket installed per instuctions, and your thinset coverage is as close to 100% as possible. Tile is incredibly strong in compression but what's behind the tile is most important here. Pretty common installation in commercial work.

This, although not really your situation, demonstrates the importance of mortar coverage for strength.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Way5bMh-eYg
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