just did kitchen backsplash

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Old 01-27-13, 07:28 PM
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just did kitchen backsplash

first time ever setting tile, used marble 3x6s with glass/stone/metallic mosaic mesh. used white glass tile thinset to bond both marble and mosaic. after it has dried for a bit ive noticed some of the mosaic pieces coming loose. i think it is because i went back and fiddled with ones that werent perfectly straight (im a perfectionist and it sucks) what is the best way to reinstall these pieces? i'm thinking waiting for everything to dry and going back before i grout and ripping those pieces off and using something to rebond them. i really dont want to have to buy more thinset and remix it for just a few small pieces. liquid nails or something?
 
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Old 01-28-13, 04:23 AM
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Yeah, fiddling without a bow can be frustrating Once you set tile, leave them alone or it will cause problems. I would remove just the offending individual tiles, clean out the old thinset, butter the back of the tiles lightly with new thinset and replace them. For such a small amount, you can either remix from a bag or buy white glass thinset premixed and use it, keeping the can sealed for when you fiddle with something else. Let us see it when you are finished grouting.
 
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so all that is left is caulking. should i caulk around the outlet covers?
 
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No caulk around receptacle covers. It will make them more difficult to remove for service and will serve no real purpose.
 
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If there is much of a gap - especially if it's more than 1/8" wide - between any side of an electrical box and the wall surface, you should fill that with caulk. But smooth it down and let it cure before you cover the device.
 
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now with the two different tiles being different widths in some areas, you can see a gap between the cover and the wall. what should i do about that? do they make face plate gaskets or something? also if ive already caulked that area. shouldnt be hard to remove and redo right
 
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now with the two different tiles being different widths in some areas, you can see a gap between the cover and the wall. what should i do about that?
Re-set the box. The face of the box must be flush with, or no more than 1/8" (IIRC) below/behind the face of the finished surface.
 
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Old 02-04-13, 04:26 AM
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I see your dilemma, in the differing tile depths, and where your plate will land on each. In such a case, you can caulk the edges of the cover plate, but wipe it all down with a wet sponge so it is not obvious.
 
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