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Unread 11-22-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
RJMorrow
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Fireplace Tiling Prep

First of all, i would like to say thanks to those that helped me with my kitchen tile project, it turned out great. But now, we have moved on to the fireplace and i could use some more help. This is about a 50 year old wood burning fireplace, brick faced with what i belive is called slump stone. Due to the current configuration with some firebrick protruding out of the firebox, and making thing easier, i am looking at tiling over the stone. The slate hearth peices would also be removed and replaced with tile as well, to meet the hardwood flooring. So my question is, with the slump stone being very uneven, what is the best way to go about this? Can I smooth this surface with some type of cement or ??? prior to applying thinset. I tried to attach a picture but I havent been able to reduce the resolution enough to fit the file limit.

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Unread 11-23-2008, 08:54 AM   #2
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Clean the stone surface as best you can to remove soot and dirt, then screed on some mason's mortar (brick mortar) to flatten the surface. Dampen the stone first to prevent the mortar from drying out too fast.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Bob, So would you say to use a cleaner such as TSP or a detergent? I dont want to use something that would interfer with adhesion later. Also, the method of applying mortar should give good strength ? Or should i be biting the "bullet" here and attaching backerboard to the stone face ?


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