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Old 04-28-2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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Backsplash tile of different thicknesses

I am a DIYer preparing to tile a bathroom backsplash. I am going to use a row of 4x4 travertine tiles and then some glass/stone mosaics above them. The travertine is about 1/16" thicker than the mosaics, so I am wondering how to compensate for this so that the difference is not noticeable. Is there anything that I can use behind the mosaic tile to bring it out 1/16"?

I could try to compensate with thinset thickness but don't feel confident trying this approach.

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Old 04-29-2011, 12:38 AM   #2
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hit home depot and grab some easymat and install behind your mosaics.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:56 AM   #3
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Here is a pic of a kitchen backsplash that I did recently. I had a similar thickness difference, glass and handmade tile. I built out the glass section with some extra Ditra that I had left over. The Easy Mat will work too.
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Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:21 PM   #5
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Greg, In the photo you posted, how do you handle the face plates for the electrical outlets to avoid having a gap between the plate and the wall?

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That pic is showing the dirt in location. After glass was installed on the dirt, there was another liner stacked on top (was stopped on each side of outlet cover). Then the rest was the 3x6 field tile. By building out the glass, the covers set flush with both surfaces. That was the reason that I built out the glass. Here is a pic of the finished backsplash.
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:27 PM   #7
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At that difference I'd probably try to do it with thinset because it simply isn't that hard. Also, its much harder to deal with the mosaic being thicker than the field tile....versus all the examples in this thread. But even then, there is always a solution.

And outlets are the worst part about doing backsplashes. Without them they would always be the easiest jobs in the world, but because of them they can be a real pain. Some mosaics have variable heights in the actual pieces, and these just dont look good around outlets because you end up with gaps. Still, no matter what, there is always a solution to this stuff. Yours seems to be relatively simple compared to what it could be.
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Thanks for the advice. The finished backsplash looks good !
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