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Unread 01-29-2019, 06:49 PM   #1
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How unlevel is too unlevel for countertop/backsplash transition

I am tiling my backsplash with 3 x 12 ceramic tiles. The counter top is soapstone which, as I've just discovered, has high and low spots varying by 1/16". Originally, I planned to set my tiles directly on the counter using a dime as a spacer but am now afraid that by the third and fourth courses, the eye will perceive unlevel lines. This can't be an unusual problem since there are so many natural stone countertops out there.

So, what would a professional do? Just use the counter as guide level since it is out of level by 1/16" or less, scribe the tiles to the high spots or, raise the tiles to a level line at the high spots and use caulk to fill the 1/8" or less gap between the counter and bottom course (which I planned to do anyway).

Other important info: I am using white tiles whose edges have just the tiniest bit of gray. Planned to use the palest gray grout I can find but there will be contrast between tile and grout lines. I had planned to use 1/16" spacers between tiles.
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