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Unread 10-14-2006, 08:41 AM   #1
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Installing Large Format Porcelain Tiles

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I'm installing rectified porcelain tiles (13x13) on floor and 12x24 on walls for master bath. I have used Versabond before on ceramic tiles and worked great.

My question is what would be best to use in this situation? The grout lines are going to be 1/32 on floor and 1/16 on walls. The manufacture sugested that i mud in just like marble. That is not an option.

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Unread 10-14-2006, 08:52 AM   #2
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With those tight joints, I would suggest you look into something like TEC 3N1. Versabond will work, but 3N1 will be much easier to work with.
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I'd also go with 3N1 or a full contact (medium bed) mortar like Mapei's Ultracontact. Have used and would recommend both.

I'd get the walls flat first before laying the 24's. Can almost guarantee that if they have been taped with mud they will need some work, especially the inside and outside corners that flare out. I'd also consider seven-spotting the wall tiles (seven dollips of mortar on the back in lieu of a full spread. And while you're at it, get that floor flat too. I'd shoot for 1/8" over 10 feet with rectified and a 1/16".

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Thanks guys for the fast replies, the TEC is not readily available. I went with Customs marble and granite. Good stuff?

Yes the walls and floor are flat, i have spent many a long night getting that done
Thanks again for the help.
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Phil,

I shoot for more like 3/32 to 1/8 with rectified tiles. Two-dimensional size is usually pretty good, but "cupping" is still a problem, and this causes the side of one tile to be higher than the other. Spreading them just a bit helps there.

Custom's Marble and Granite is a good product.
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hello to all- it's been awhile but the tile is up and I'm getting ready to grout. Does anyone know where i can buy Latisil on-line? I can't find it local.
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I know the board likes pictures So I would like to share my progress with you. I used Custom's Granite and Marble thin-set,back-buttered every one. Tile's set 1/32 this was a royal PITA.
My hat off to you guy's who do this everyday. I hope to have the completed pic's soon.
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this was all black mold, the greenboard was dripping with water, floor of shower was sloped to wall-not drain
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