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Old 07-02-2018, 05:31 PM   #1
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1st bathroom floor Mosaic job

Friends... Much appreciation for the assistance on the large tile shower surround. All the information came in handy and the job turned out pretty darn good. The confidence that a newbie gets from a pro being there to answer questions is huge!

Tomorrow's challenge is the bathroom floor which is approximately 5ft by 5ft and is to be done with natural Mosaic tiles which are one foot by one foot on a mat. I have never used mosaics other than as a accent band on a shower surround. First question is type of thin-set. I have just standard versabond gray thinset will that work? Second question what size notched trowel do I need, quarter inch by quarter inch? Question 3 where do I start in the bathroom I'm assuming I lay tile farthest away from the entry door and work my way out of the room? And lastly how do you keep these dang things flat and level? Any other tips that I'm missing please pile them on. Thanks in advance bill

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Old 07-02-2018, 05:56 PM   #2
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Versabond is fine. 1/4x1/4 will get the job done, bu might be a tad large. Check for coverage. As far as getting them flat, tapping with a grout float works well...but run your hand over them to check it out for sure....
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:19 PM   #3
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You say they are natural mosaic tiles? What are they exactly? Natural stone is almost always set with white thinset to avoid possible discoloration.

1/4"x1/4" use directional troweling and after you comb the thinset use the flat side of the trowel to knock the ridges flat by going across them perpendicular. I actually use a 12" drywall knife when I do it but your trowel will work.

Grout floats work, I also like to cut a square of foam board or plywood to use sometimes
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:20 PM   #4
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Ok...do I need to skim coat the back?

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:26 PM   #5
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What exactly are you working with?

Skimming the backs usually turns into a mess. Unless the backs are cupped, mixing your thinset correctly and using a float or block to set them should give you the coverage you need.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:33 PM   #6
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How to cut if I need too.....I have a wet saw

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Old 07-02-2018, 09:31 PM   #7
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Well I'll try 1 more time...what is the material you will be installing? You said natural mosiac in your first post but still haven't clarified.
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My apologies....I am not near the tile and cannot confirm until tomorrow at about 7

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Old 07-03-2018, 11:40 AM   #10
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I got caught up running materials this morning....this is the floor tile
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You're definitely going to want to use white thinset. Also keep in mind that a dark grout color may discolor it as well. Be prepared to be irritated...those little dots like to fall off sheets. I would use a grinder and continuous rim blade for any cuts that will be covered by baseboard. Once the mesh gets wet the dots really start coming off.
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If you’re going to use a wet saw, can the blade be raised? If so, put the mosaic on a sacrificial piece of cement board or other tile, and raise the blade enough so it just cuts through the mosaic. And have towels ready to immediately dry off any cuts, front and back.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:57 PM   #13
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Because of my late start today I only had 2 hours to work on the mosaics after I finished the shower surround b4 the wet saw had to be back to the big box store. But I got it all layed out and cut with a minute to spare. I will definetly use white thinset and light grout. Thanks also for the heads up on the dots....they were already coming off as I cut and moved the sheets around. They cut without difficulty on the tile saw. Thanks for the help again Bill

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Hi, Bill.

Just wanted to confirm that the tile will be laid under the toilet when it’s tile to install?

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Old 07-04-2018, 06:17 AM   #15
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Hahaha....hey hey this is Tennessee we usually just tile the whole toilet! This condo is near a great location to watch the downtown fire works and has a pool. Temp installed the toilet to give our crew a place to go.

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