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Old 12-04-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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2"x4" tumbled Marble subway tile install question

We have these 2"x4" tumbled marble subway tiles that come in 1 sq. ft. sheets. I am just wondering about how you make the cuts?

Here's a picture for reference, I used finishing nails to hold it up, lol



Specifically around wall outlets, my thought was to dry lay the tile over the area, mark the individual tiles where they need to be cut, pull them off the mesh they are glued to, make the cuts with the wet tile saw then put them back on the wall.

If this is what people normally do, do you cut out the mesh before putting the cut tiles on the wall or do you just add more mortar on top of the mesh?

And you can see where the 2 sheets match up you have to interleave the mesh and tiles, this is hard enough to do without mortar on the wall, do you leave the mesh on here too?

Lastly, do you backbutter the wall tiles like you would a floor tile?

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Old 12-04-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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Yeah, just cut the mesh and make your custom cuts for the outlets with a wet saw. Put some "Pookey" on the back and set them in place. You might want to invest in some "TileSpikes" that (shameless plug) are advertised here. They certainly make the job easier.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:02 PM   #3
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your going to need to get a small wetsaw to make the cuts.

also you might want to run the same tile long ways going up each edge as a finished edge.
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I have a small wetsaw already so that will be perfect, and thanks for the link I will do it that way. I was going to use a metal piece on the edge but this will look good.
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Hi Jerome,

That's gonna look sharp. They're not subway tiles, though. You gotta go down to New Yawk and go underground to see subway tiles.
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a metal edge piece would also look good as a finish edge.
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LOL Thanks John!
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