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03-19-14, 11:07 AM
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Posted By John Bridge

The joist span seems very short, but if you're...

The joist span seems very short, but if you're sure of it you could use Schluter Ditra instead of cement board. Ditra is 1/8 in. thick. Get it at the Depot. :)
03-19-14, 06:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 692
Posted By John Bridge

Hi Rick, First of all, Porcelain tiles ARE...

Hi Rick,

First of all, Porcelain tiles ARE ceramic tiles. Porcelain describes the process by which the tile is made. Porcelain certain is the way to go for an entryway. :)

1/4 inch cement...
03-19-14, 05:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,625
Posted By John Bridge

Leave a space under the first row of tile (using...

Leave a space under the first row of tile (using plastic wedges from Home Depot). The space will be filled with silicone caulking instead of grout.

Where the tiled splash ends use bullnose tiles...
05-23-13, 05:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,008
Posted By John Bridge

Hi Sue, :) It definitely helps to know how...

Hi Sue, :)

It definitely helps to know how the floor is constructed -- framing, joist size, spacing and overall run (joist length between supports). Also, the subfloor and how the two layers are...
04-16-05, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 15,363
Posted By John Bridge

I'll go one better still. It's not cboyce's...

I'll go one better still. It's not cboyce's fault. It's the fault of the people who make the garbage and of the people who sell it. :)
10-27-04, 03:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 27,960
Posted By John Bridge

The problem is apparent particularly on concrete...

The problem is apparent particularly on concrete slabs. Concrete and clay (tiles) expand and contract at much different rates. I've found that the average time lapse (if tenting is going to occur)...
11-08-03, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,361
Posted By John Bridge

The cost for the deck mud is much less than that,...

The cost for the deck mud is much less than that, even. a bag of portland cement (94 lbs.) mixed with 45 shovels of course sand will cover an area of about 25 square feet if you are filling a couple...
11-07-03, 06:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,951
Posted By John Bridge

Who you talkin' 'bout, Eric? :D

Who you talkin' 'bout, Eric? :D
11-07-03, 06:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,154
Posted By John Bridge

Hi, Regular thin set mortar will work fine. ...

Hi,

Regular thin set mortar will work fine. Home Depot sells one called Master Blend that I use all the time. :)
11-07-03, 06:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,361
Posted By John Bridge

Well . . . . , Deck mud is concrete. You...

Well . . . . ,

Deck mud is concrete. You can still use the levelor or the slc over the top. Deck mud is very cheap. Ardex is very expensive. I'm aware you're putting down wood. I'm just...
11-07-03, 06:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,563
Posted By John Bridge

If you could convince them to stop accepting...

If you could convince them to stop accepting returns on cement products, you would be doing everyone a great service. No one, but no one in the tile business accepts returned cement.

Lots of...
11-06-03, 06:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,225
Posted By John Bridge

Dave, Thanks for settling on the Ditra. ...

Dave,

Thanks for settling on the Ditra. It's a fine choice.

I'm glad all you guys have come through this still friends (I hope. ;) ) I have an interest in Ditra and in Schluter Systems,...
11-06-03, 05:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,563
Posted By John Bridge

Un momento, por favor! :) I didn't mean to...

Un momento, por favor! :)

I didn't mean to say it's okay to sell a product that's no good. What I said was I think the installation will be okay despite that the product is not good. Isn't that...
11-06-03, 04:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,027
Posted By John Bridge

Hi, I'm afraid not. Subfloors are not...

Hi,

I'm afraid not. Subfloors are not usually installed over concrete. Don't know what it is, but there is no way to fix it. Sorry.
11-06-03, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,023
Posted By John Bridge

Hi, No sanding. That might scratch up the...

Hi,

No sanding. That might scratch up the tiles. You may have to remove all the grout. You can buy a hand tool called a grout saw at Home Depot. Takes a while, but it can be done. Be sure to...
11-06-03, 04:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 10,849
Posted By John Bridge

Use the thin set. It's the way to go. Don't...

Use the thin set. It's the way to go. Don't overlay the tiles four inches, only about two inches at most. Nothing (good) is going to stick to the metal. :)
11-06-03, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,361
Posted By John Bridge

Hi Steve, You have more of a wood flooring...

Hi Steve,

You have more of a wood flooring concern that a tile one. However, the mortar under the tiles is called deck mud. Remove all of it and start over, using new deck mud to build back up. ...
11-06-03, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,563
Posted By John Bridge

Hi Trix, No one seems to have touched on the...

Hi Trix,

No one seems to have touched on the fact that the backer board does not have to bond to the subfloor. The thin set is meant to fill any voids that might occur by simply nailing it down. ...
10-31-03, 06:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,634
Posted By John Bridge

I can't think of the manufacturer of the...

I can't think of the manufacturer of the so-called pre-mixed thinset off hand, but the stuff is utter garbage. Furthermore, I believe the company is defrauding the public. Thin set mortar is always...
10-25-03, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,320
Posted By John Bridge

Hi, That's pretty much the procedure. Use...

Hi,

That's pretty much the procedure. Use thin set to re-attach the bracket. Tape it in place until it sets. :)
10-20-03, 05:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,131
Posted By John Bridge

We need to know a few things in order to give...

We need to know a few things in order to give answers that will enable you to do a job that will hold up. I don't think anyone here wants to be associated with substandard work. Linoleum is not an...
10-19-03, 10:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,015
Posted By John Bridge

Use a high flex modified thin set. You can get...

Use a high flex modified thin set. You can get Flex Bond at Home Depot. :)
10-19-03, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,131
Posted By John Bridge

You should check the joists underneath to make...

You should check the joists underneath to make sure they will support a tile floor. It's a bit different than linoleum. Then add cement backer board above the plywood.
10-19-03, 10:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 856
Posted By John Bridge

Hi Peter, The best thing you can do is tear...

Hi Peter,

The best thing you can do is tear out the sheetrock tile job and start over using cement backer board. I think you'll find the actual damage goes higher than two rows.
10-19-03, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,274
Posted By John Bridge

Cory, I would replace the tiles. As John...

Cory,

I would replace the tiles. As John says, it'll look like painted tile. It's not a very good look. :)
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