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Old 07-29-2018, 03:02 PM   #16
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Question about placing 3 x 9 subway tile vertically. I’m concerned about keeping the lines vertical. I have a laser level - is that the best way to maintain vertical lines? Do i run complete vertical rows up the wall one at a time? Start at one side or in the middle?
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Old 07-29-2018, 03:41 PM   #17
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As much as I like using a laser, for something like that I prefer a hard edge to shove against the tile (like a 4' metal level or something).
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:04 PM   #18
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I agree, I use both all the time. Reference lines as well.
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:47 PM   #19
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Yep, I agree too. If I were to run 3x9's vertical, I'd get a straight edge long enough to run the whole row up to the top. Once you get a row run nice and straight, it'll help you run the next few rows. Just check every second or third row to make sure you have no dog legs in it.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:50 PM   #20
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When using a vertical brick pattern, do I complete one vertical row at a time or do I work horizontally and place one horizontal row at a time?
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Many installers would prefer to finish or mostly finish a vertical row at a time. Make sure you've got some horizontal lines snapped or marked on the wall to keep your staggers neat.


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Many installers would prefer to finish or mostly finish a vertical row at a time.
Good to hear as that's what i started doing.
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:28 PM   #23
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Jim, have you taped the cement board joints? I see thinset but no tape.

What Bubba said about horizontal lines.
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Jim, have you taped the cement board joints? I see thinset but no tape.
Yeah, it's a bit hard to see as I also covered it with mortar but the new photo shows a small spot of tape I missed.
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:57 PM   #25
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And I'll get those horizontal lines drawn when I draw the next set of vertical lines. Thanks for the reminder!
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Using these sheets of marble/glass/metal for back wall of niche. The sheets weigh 3.5 lbs. Is TEC's SturiFlec 346 a suitable thin set for this application? The bag does not specifically list marble but does list ceramics, natural stone, mosaics, etc. I was wondering if the 3.5 lb weight would require a large tile mortar ...
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Best to use a white thin set. Grey will sometime stain some natural stone.
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:04 AM   #28
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Marble = natural stone

Shouldn’t need a large format thinset for mosaic. You shouldn’t be having a lot of thinset behind those tiles.
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Hi Jim,

Tec SturdiFlex 346 mortar would be perfectly fine to set that marble. But with mesh-mounted mosaics in a vertical application, they will sag before they set. I’d choose another white mortar with non-sag properties.

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... white mortar with non-sag properties
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