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Unread 07-04-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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will tiles hold on the wall?

i am doing 4' wide x 20" high backsplash with tumbled travertine. i am going to use white modified (versabond) over drywall (not a wet area). will the layers of tile hold on the wall as i move up or do i need to keep them held against the wall with something?? should i do all at once or row by row??

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Unread 07-04-2008, 06:31 PM   #2
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As long as they're fully embedded in fresh thinset, they won't go anywhere. Do it any way you like. Row by row or all at once.
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Unread 07-04-2008, 06:32 PM   #3
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Scott,

Set your first course with wedge spacers to allow for 1/16th to 1/8th space at the counter / sill. Make sure your first course is level (vary the space at the bottom if necessary), then continue setting your remaining courses. You shouldn't have trouble if the first course is supported adequately. If you have any doubts, set your first course and then finish the project the next day.

This may be deemed an overkill suggestion by most, but I prime drywall - even for backsplashes. If you don't do it, you will most likely be just fine.
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Unread 07-04-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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thanks

thanks folks. that's what i thought, but i just wanted to be sure. thanks for the help!!
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Unread 07-04-2008, 07:18 PM   #5
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They won't fall off, but they may slide down, so you'll want to use wedges or spacers to keep the desired spacing. There are some good non-sag thinsets out there, but they tend to be fairly expensive and not available everywhere.
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