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Unread 05-27-2019, 08:08 PM   #16
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Doug, I believe the "systems" you're asking about are lippage control systems, mechanical devices that help reduce the height difference between adjacent tiles. They do nothing at all in regards to leveling.

You really want that substrate as flat as you can get it before you start setting your tiles, whether you elect to use one of those lippage control systems to help you or not.

If you have a major dip in your surface, I'd advise you correct that before you go any further. If you're sure it's just a low spot, you can fill it with a patching compound. Many people use thinset mortar for that purpose, but that's not what that mortar is designed for.

If, instead, you actually have a "bulge" as you describe it, you'll want to remove the bulge. Is it at a seam in your CBU installation? Is it due to your having overfilled and taped that joint, perhaps? Whatever you've got, you want to fix it.

I don't see where you ever answered an earlier question about the size of your tiles. That has a bearing on the required flatness.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 06-09-2019, 11:10 PM   #17
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Options for filling gap between tile countertop and wall

In the home stretch finishing off my tile countertop ! I have a 1/2 - 3/4 inch gap between my tile and wall. I've had a lot of trouble cutting pieces of tile this narrow - some luck with a wet saw. I'd rather find another option for filling in this gap along my wall - which is going to be tiled with a backsplash. So what would be my best option for filling this gap - 1) cut narrow pieces of tile to fill the gap 2) fill the gap with thinset 3) fill the gap with some other type of material ? thanks for any pointers !
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Unread 06-09-2019, 11:12 PM   #18
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If your backsplash tile won't cover that gap, you'll need something there to fill it in. I'd cut the tile in thin pieces to fill the space, and also to support the backsplash tile when installing it.
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Unread 06-10-2019, 05:48 AM   #19
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Consider DILEX-AHKA. It may cover this sliver tile .did you install some of the tile yet?
How wide are your grout lines? With a properly working wet saw that adjusted correctly and decent tile you should be able to cut 1/2 inch strips almost 100% of the time without cracking.

Will hide 3/4" from wall surface.
I bought the inside corner and also the in peace but the end piece disappointed me and didn't go all the way to the wall so they expect you to have tile continuous or use some type of metal like Jolly for the edge
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Unread 06-10-2019, 10:41 AM   #20
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That AHKA is exactly what I need - was having a difficult time understanding the dimensions of this product - 3/4 inch should work fine. I can cut narrow slices - but I have a hard time because the length of my tile is about 24 inches - they tend to break easily. AHKA should cover up most of these short pieces. Thanks !
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Unread 06-10-2019, 12:57 PM   #21
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Make sure you look and find drawings of how the end pieces finish off those ends. It basically leaves near the wall open for whatever mm you order. That picture is of the 125 mm size.
Do you have a plunge capability on your saw. Then you score the top and make 8 passes going deeper each pass.
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Cut this in about 12 passes with the saw on plunge. the tile hungover my table about 5 in
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Backsplash Tiling Issue: Multiple Electric Outlets

So I have a total of 4 wall outlets for: lights, landline tell, electric outlet, and garbage disposal. Effing ugly ! I am trying to AVOID tiling around them and would prefer finding a wall plate gizmo (stainless or copper) to fill in around with attractive backsplash tile. - looking for a.cleaner, simpler look. Anyone know of any innovative wall plate products ? OR do I get an electrician too move some of these wallplates ? Thanks as always ! Could not have done this without your recommendations and suggestions !!!
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Unread 07-27-2019, 07:12 PM   #24
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We'll, the wall outlets are all lined up together with only a couple inches spaced between ! Thanks
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Unread 07-28-2019, 08:44 AM   #25
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You can add power strips for the receptacles and install them up under the cabinets so they won't be seen. The phone line box and switches can sometimes be moved out of the tile area. All this is a lot of work but it can be done.
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Unread 07-28-2019, 02:30 PM   #26
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Are the tile actually natural stone? The reason I ask is that there is at least one company that will create cover plates from your stone material (they also have many of them in stock, but yours would probably match better!). Choose a matching color for the devices themselves, and the items can nearly disappear.
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Lutron offers a whole mess of color choices for their switches, outlets, and cover plates. Could be an option.
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Unread 07-29-2019, 04:27 PM   #28
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My switchplates

See image - This is what I'm trying to better deal with - one large switchplate would probably look better than trying to tile around all of these switchplates !
Are there any products that would work ? thanks
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Switchplate for mosaic tile backsplash ?

I need to find a switchplate to use on this wall I just installed a mosaic tile on. How do I move the actual female plugs out to fit flush with the tile and the switchplate ?
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Unread 07-29-2019, 04:32 PM   #30
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Opps you shouldn't have glued over the outlet tabs on the bottom. Maybe you can break the bottom tabs off to get the outlets free. Then you can use longer screws, add a thin tile on top for new outlet tabs to rest on.

Does anyone use a phone line anymore? Be thankful for modern times! Electricity , tv, phone. They do look fairly level. I think you shouldn't worry. They will look fine. But new white black brown or what color looks best. I've been looking at custom glass cover plates for my glass backsplash but my just settle for white.
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