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Old 12-06-2017, 07:07 PM   #1
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Kitchen Backsplash Install

Good evening. We had our kitchen redone and opted to leave the backsplash off while we found the tile we liked best. We’ve settled on a 2x4 Mosaic glass subway tile.

The install will be over drywall. Manufacturer recommends modified mortar.

Removal of the old counter top and backer left some small holes (about the size of a quarter) and rips to the drywall. If I skim coat with drywall patch will this be sufficient or will it draw too much moisture from mortar?

From your experience how much slack is there on a gas stove hookup? I’d prefer to tile straight across even though the stove sticks up from the top of the counter.

Any other general suggestions or tips for the application area would be appreciated.

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Old 12-06-2017, 07:21 PM   #2
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Skim coat is fine, then prime the area before tiling.
It just depends on how long the flex pipe is that's connected to it.
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:38 PM   #3
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You may be able to move the stove enough to work back there, David, but there should be a shut-off valve under there somewhere. Sometimes accessible under the stove via a removable toe-kick plate, sometimes you gotta pull the unit out as far as possible and get your best contortionist to reach down behind it. Then I'd disconnect the flex line and move the stove out of the way while tiling.

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What CX says. And I’m the contortionist.

If you’ve got a drawer at the bottom of the stove, pull it completely out at grab a flashlight to give yourself a sneak peek back there.

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Thank you for the responses. It was my plan to pull out as far as possible and remove the bottom tray.

When grouting, it it recommended to skip the gap between the counter and leave open for caulk? Or caulk on top of the grout?


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Definitely use caulk between the backsplash and the counter top.
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