Installing tile on stairs

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Old 06-16-15, 10:10 AM
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Installing tile on stairs

I have a 50 year old house that had lino on the stairs. Its split level you walk in the front door to a 5ft x 6ft area and there are 7 steps up on the right and 7 steps down on the left. The stairs are very solid and level no squeaks. I would like to put oak wood nosings on the stairs but I am not sure the best way to tile behind the nosing and the risers. 3/8 plywood on all the stairs and 1/4 backerboard under where the tile goes so its flush with the nosing? Havent started yet just looking for suggestions. I would probably be installing 18X18 inch porcelain tiles.
 
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If you add all that to the current tread, you will be raising it almost an inch. Was that your plan?
 
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Id rather not raise it an inch. Could i get away with putting the nosing right on the current tread and then putting either plywood or backerboard behind the nosing and on the riser and then putting the tile on it? That way it would be flush and 3/4 above current treads. If you have any suggestions Im open to other ideas.
 
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Don't forget you will need 1/4" CBU under your tile, so figure that in, too.
 
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