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Unread 01-18-2007, 04:13 PM   #1
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General Tiling Questions w/ pics...

First, I am planning on tiling over my existing laminate countertop (after roughing it up with some sand paper). One problem is that the exposed corner is slightly rounded (see fig 1). Is there a way to square the corner without cutting it back? If I cut it the counter back to make the edge square the counter will be too short.

Second, the tile that I am going to use for the backsplash is slightly rounded at the top. What should I do where the backsplash meets the side splash? Since both pieces of tile have a slight rounded top there will be a gap at the top where they meet (see fig 2).

Lastly, what is the most aesthetically pleasing way to put two tiles together at a 90 degree angle? The side of one tile will be exposed and the side doesn't have the same color or texture of the tile face (see fig 3).

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Unread 01-18-2007, 04:16 PM   #2
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Honestly, I would scrap it and start fresh by building one out of plywood, CBU with waterproofing or a waterproof membrane over the plywood.

Damn, that toilet's tight to that vanity.
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Unread 01-18-2007, 04:33 PM   #3
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Hey, I like the toilet close to the vanity so I have a place to set my beer while I read. Actually, that is where the toilet is being temporarily stored while I redo some plumbing. I thought about putting in plywood and CBU but I like the current 1.5" thickness of the counter. Is it OK to use 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood without backerboard?
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Unread 01-18-2007, 04:40 PM   #4
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Why not use 3/4" ply, 1/2" ply and 1/4" backerboard? That'll do ya right nice.
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Unread 01-18-2007, 05:41 PM   #5
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What Marcus said, then Redgard the cbu and tile away, you'll be in alot better shape.

Do not cut what you have there and try to tile it, it's probably over Particle board, it doesn't mix well with moisture.
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Unread 01-18-2007, 06:15 PM   #6
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Should I just nail the two pieces of plywood together or glue them?

Also, does anyone else have advice on the other two questions?

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Unread 01-18-2007, 06:34 PM   #7
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Hi Keith,

Can't you get bullnose for the outside turns? If not, the best way is to back miter the pieces with a tile saw.

Where the tile meets in the corners you usually have cuts.
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Unread 01-18-2007, 06:38 PM   #8
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You could miter the bullnose. Some just leave the joint like that and grout...
Glue and screw the ply...
You'll have a grout line to separate them right? Then, not a problem..
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Unread 01-18-2007, 08:21 PM   #9
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Ah...thanks guys! I didn't realize that you could do that with tile. After a quick google search I found that most tile saws allow you to cut on an angle. Shake and Bake!
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