Tiling a kitchen backsplash


Old 05-13-03, 07:38 PM
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Question Tiling a kitchen backsplash

My wife, better known as "she who must be obeyed", would like me to tile the backsplash portion of our kitchen above the countertops. The wall where she wants the tile is simply painted sheetrock. I plan on going up 18-20 inches above the countertop thus creating a backsplash. My question is, do I have to remove the sheetrock and replace it with a backerboard type material; or can I just tile over the sheetrock? What type of adhesive would I use for this vertical application? I have never tried this before.
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Old 05-14-03, 06:34 PM
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Backsplashes are not very demanding environments. You can get away with a lot there. Unless your wife likes to clean the kitchen with a hose, you can tile over what's there and use either mastic or thinset. I'd use thinset, just because I don't trust mastic very much.
Old 05-15-03, 06:29 PM
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mastic will be just fine use 1/4x1/4x1/4 notch on the trowel so you leave eneough on the drywall for the tile to stick
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