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Old 11-16-2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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Thinset or Mastic

Just getting ready to install a 4" tumbled marble kitchen backsplash. Whats best to use thinset or mastic?
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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Don't use mastic with stone. A white modified thinset would be best.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:17 AM   #4
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I am also installing a 4" tumbled stone and was told to use the white mastic? what are the pro's/con's of each? Or should I say why thinset over mastic?
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:23 AM   #5
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Particular chemicals in the mastic can discolor the stone.

...plus the stuff is just crap.
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and was told to use the white mastic
dont listen to the people at HD or Lowes.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:52 AM   #7
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sorry for hijacking the thread but its exactly the information i was looking for this morning!

I know I am going to sound completely stupid but this is the 1st tile job I am doing myself.

When you say modified thinset it means the "fortified" thinset correct?
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:10 PM   #8
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Hi ragdoll,
Yep, modified and fortified are equivalent.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:05 PM   #9
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Thank you for the information.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:13 AM   #10
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Stupid mistake inch off!

Im laying a 4 tumbled marble backsplash in the kitchen. The sink is in the middle of a 9 ft. long set of cabinets the left side is against the wall and the right side is open. Above the sink is a short cabinet about the width of the sink and longer ones to the left and right making up a total of 9ft. I should have started in the center of the sink to run my tile up evenly between the left and right cabinet, and the 4 in. tile would have came out equal in between the two cabinets. But, I started on the right side (open end) of my counter top and laid 3 rolls. Now my problem. The lower cabinets extended out inch further to the right than the upper ones. So now when I start going up above the sink I will have to cut about inch off of the right tile and add a skinny inch piece to the left about eye ball height on about 3 tiles. I think this will look like poop. I used white versabond to set the tile.
Question 1 I don't know how to do this, but If I try to remove the three 9ft lower rolls to fix this will I tear up the wall and destroy the tile. Then my inch piece will be on the right under the cabinet open end but out of the line of sight. OR

Question 2 Should I just get get just get some 6 x 6 tumbled marble tiles and cut them
4 x 4 to keep from having the inch piece. I would have to do this to 3 pieces.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:23 AM   #11
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Hello, how long have the offending tiles been in place? If only a day, you will probably be able to pull them fairly easily. Any longer than that, and your chances of not damaging the wall, and tile, are slim.

Your second solution sounds interesting. Bear in mind though, you will have to produce a "tumbled" edge on any cut edges that will show. This is not difficult for a pro, but might prove challenging for a novice.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:34 AM   #12
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My wife told me to not be such a perfectionist, swallow my pride and dont tear back off the tile so Im going to go for the 6inch tile idea. She wants her kitchen back by Christmas.
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