Marble tile countertop installation.

Old 10-10-02, 11:00 AM
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Marble tile countertop installation.

I'm planning on using 15 3/4" square, 9/32" thick calcite (high polish) tiles.

I wanted to put in a new sub-base 1/2" to 3/4" thick to retain 1 1/2" total thickness but have been told that is a "no go", that I need 1 1/2" base for marble. True?

Could I roughen the laminate and install over the old counters? If I did, would I still need "Durock" underlay?

Will a portable 7" wet saw from Home Depot do the 50 or 60 cuts I'll need for the job? I know it will probably be slower than a 14" saw, but I'll be working "slow and careful" anyway. If the small portable saw will do the job, I'd rather buy it that rent a saw and get in a hurry.

This is floor tile, so no bullnose and the edges are square (no taper for grout). It was suggested that I use a hand stone to taper the edges for grout and butt the tiles. I've also seen 1/32" spacers made for marble. Suggestions?

I'm a "first timer" , but realize that one of the primary concerns will be laying level in all directions to avoid skewed reflections. Any suggestions regarding that?

The attached picture is my anticipated layout. Wadda ya think?

Old 10-10-02, 11:06 AM
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Picture didn't load, let me try again.

Opps, never mind.....I'll never get it to 2 bytes!!!

Old 10-12-02, 03:43 PM
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I think you need a tile forum for this. check out the one below.

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