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Old 09-18-2018, 07:55 PM   #1
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Arabesque Tile, stumped.

Sorry for the silly question. I have the attached the accent wall tile I’m using. It’s a 12”x12” arabesque sheet. Mfg says to use 3/16 x 1/4 trowel v trowel. Is that correct. Why is it such an odd looking trowel. https://www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-3-16...BoC6CsQAvD_BwE

Also any recommendations if I want to start doing this wall from the second row? Seems to be easier to just do the entire wall all at once. Any other tips?
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:56 PM   #2
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Not silly at all. That’s not the same trowel they are recommending. They’re recommending a 3/16” x 1/4” V-notched trowel. You see how the trowel you’ve linked to is described as a 3/16” x 1/4” x 1/2”? Well, that last 1/2” dimension refers to the gap between the notches. Find one without any third figures and the notches will be right next to each other with 0” gap between each notch.

1) What is the application for this tile?/Where is it being installed?
2) What setting material are you planning to use?
3) And why would you otherwise start with the second row?

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Old 09-19-2018, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response Tool Guy. I figured that was the case in the trowel.

This is for one wall in the shower over kerdi board. Using ardex x77 since it has a littttle bit of glass and i think it's ok for marble as well. Was going to stack it over a piece of stud and finish it all the way up. I didn't do the showerpan yet as it's very, very last.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:46 AM   #4
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I did a job recently with that exact tile. Was kind of a PITA. Expensive stuff, around 35 bucks a sheet that didn't even cover a sq ft.
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:30 AM   #5
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John,

I think you are saying using a stud tor a ledger board. Beter to go to big box and get a 1x2 or 1x4 MDF cheap and really straight. Screw it into studs and then patch holes or brace it up with scrap.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:05 PM   #6
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Davy,

Any tips on this? it sure is expensive. Wouldn't want to mess it up.

mark999 AH yes ledge board. I do have spare MDF, be easier to use for sure. Thanks. So comes the next question, does it make sense to use ledge board for this or just go all out?
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LEDGER board. Not sure what the question is? Use a ledger board or go all out? What does that mean? Yes, use a ledger board. No, it doesn't matter what you use as long as IT'S STRAIGHT. And not kind of straight, STRAIGHT.
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John, notice the sheets will have to be facing the same direction as you install them.

Also, you have two different marble shapes, the rows will alternate on the wall.

I used a glass saw blade and it did a pretty good job.

Use sanded grout, bright white is what we used.

Check out the sheets, some of the marble pieces were darker on some sheets and the homeowner didn't like it. I even had to remove a few pieces the next day. Also look for small chips in the center of the marble pieces, like little divots.

I think I used Pro lite thinset from Customs. It's good about holding the tiles up and not letting them sag very much. Make sure you use white.
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I think I have a pic. You can see that some of the tiles are darker than others. It takes the thinset a couple days to dry out.
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