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Unread 10-18-2016, 10:43 AM   #3
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You're in the correct forum for advice on a particular project, John. You'll get professional responses here if anyone has anything to offer.

I think part of the problem is lack of clarity. I'm guessing the brown colored areas in your rendering are the parts to be tiled? And they are all poured in place concrete structures? And the poured in place steps are to be tiled also?

Normally the tile contractor bidding the job would be advised to follow the architectural specifications in the plans. But since you're the architect (I presume), it's difficult to determine just what you're looking for here. Good example is the question about using a profile or just scribing the tiles to the floor/ground/base/walkway. That would generally be an aesthetic choice called out by the design professional. Could certainly be done either way.

The movement accommodation joints most definitely fall into the category of being specified by the design professional. The tile contractor would be looking for compliance with EJ171, but that wouldn't appear to have much bearing with the apparent sizes of the tiled areas, except for the change of plane considerations.

The only general guidelines I can think of that would be appropriate would be the use of a waterproofing membrane of some sort in all the tile areas. You appear to be in a non-freeze/thaw area, but the waterproofing is still a good idea for the longer term.

Other than that, I think we'd need more specific questions to give you more specific answers.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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