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Old 09-28-2007, 11:16 AM   #1
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tub surround tile

Just wondering what thinset to use for a 10" x 16" ceramic tile for a tub surround.

Of course the tiling place I bought the tile from gave me mastic to install it with.

Is 10" x 16" considered large format tile?

What size trowel should I be using for this job?

How far apart should the grout lines be between tiles this size?

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:58 PM   #2
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It depends on what you are going over with the tile. You certainly don't want the mastic. Let us know what the wall is made of. For a tile that size I would probably use a 1/4" by 3/8" notch trowel and back butter the tile with the flat side.

If the tile isn't rectified(made to exactly the same size) I would not go with a joint smaller than 1/8th" and that might be too small if you tile is off sized.
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:02 PM   #3
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As Leon said for trowel.
Mortar can be a modified thin set,
Space kind of depends on the tile. If they are very square edges and tile are all real close to the same size you can use a very small grout joint 1/16 or 1/8th
If the tile are not regular or they have a pronounced pillow on the edges then they should probably be 1/8 or 3/16
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I'm going to be tiling over cement board (permabase), and the tiles appear to be identical. Thinking of going with a 1/8th joint.

Thanks again....will be returning the mastic stuff...not sure why the guy at the store insisted it would be OK.

Can I use mastic on the ceiling (just heard it was easier to set tiles with)? Or is the tile size putting an end to that idea?

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Old 09-28-2007, 06:59 PM   #5
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I'd only use mastic on the ceiling if I showered with a hard hat on. And installed it while wearing a hard hat too, for that matter.

You might as well use thinset for the ceiling since you'll need it for the walls. And you won't have to worry about steam softening the bond up there. I've used both and don't think mastic makes it "easier" to set tiles.
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