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Old 07-07-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Best thinset for porcelain tile

I am remodeling my bathroom. Because of many revisions in the plan (wife) before the plan was set I have ended up with a painted green sheetrock wall where I will be placing 10" x 20" porcelain tiles. This is not a tub or shower wall and will not get wet. I was going to put up 1/4" hardibacker and screw it according to their instructions. My questions are
1. Do I need the hardibacker since the wall is painted or will the thinset stick to the paint?
2. What thinset is best?

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Old 07-07-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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Thinset will stick to the painted walls. Scuff the paint a little first. Any modified thinset will work.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:05 PM   #3
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On to the shower

I am getting ready to frame the back wall to my shower. Between this wall and the corner tub is a row of 20" x 20" porcelain tile that is parallel to the wall I am getting ready to build. I am trying to squeeze every inch of space to make the shower as big as possible. Here is my question.

I want to move 1.5" of the 3.5" wall over the tile. Actually I will notch the bottom plate so it will not touch the tile but sit above just barely. Two inches of the bottom plate will sit on the concrete slab. The wall will be six feet high and have 20" x 10" porcelain tile on both sides of the wall. After I build the wall what can I put between the bottom plate and the tile or am I eventually going to see the floor tile crack from the weight.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:35 AM   #4
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If the tile was set properly, that wall won't hurt them. However, consider cutting the tile so you can build the wall such that the sill plate is fully on concrete (it will be much more stable that way). An angle grinder and diamond blade can be used to cut down into the tile along the wall's edge, then you can chip out the tile where the wall will go. Use the grinder to remove any remaining thinset from the slab.
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