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Unread 05-31-2014, 05:07 PM   #1
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Abby's backsplash

Hope it's okay that I have two projects going at once. I started tiling my kitchen countertop and want to do a tile backsplash. One wall is drywall, but the other is adobe brick. How do I prepare the brick surface for tile?
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Unread 05-31-2014, 05:21 PM   #2
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Typically, you can skim brick with thinset to achieve a flat surface for tiling. It might be best if you can post a picture of the brick wall so we can see what it looks like before offering specific advice.
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Here are a couple more pics. It's hard to see, but the surface is pretty uneven. There's probably up to a quarter inch variation between some of the bricks (esp the row at the level of the outlet).
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Abby I am watching your project closely because it is my next one!
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I'd be tempted to adhere 1/4" kerdi board or ceement board to the wall then tile over that. What to do at the exposed ends would be the next issue.
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I had been thinking about adhering cement board to even out the surface. It's a u-shaped kitchen so I think if I start with the middle wall for now I would avoid exposed edges.

How would you attach the cement board to the brick? I'm not sure where all the electrical runs, so I'm hesitant to drill. Can I attach it with thinset? Some other adhesive?
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Abby, Home Depot has stud finders that find live wires too. They range from $19-$259 and all appear to roughly do the same thing, find studs and live wires.
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Schluter has a video showing how to attach Kerdi Board to masonry walls using thinset.

http://www.schluter.com/videos.aspx

Look for the video Kerdi Board - masonry walls
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