July 1, 1999
Cementitious backerboard speeds up the job, but start with a subfloor that is firm and flat
January 1, 1999
Start with a sturdy wood underlayment, and plan the layout to get cut tiles in the back.
Q: I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Meehan’s article Tiling With Limestone. My wife just purchased 520 sq. ft. of multicolored 12-in. by 12-in. slate tile that varies in thickness from 3/8 in.…
September 1, 1998
An earthy alternative to the cold, austere look of marble, limestone is easy to work with and maintain.
November 1, 1997
Q: Recently, a friend and I installed some cement backerboard for the tile in his shower, and we came across a dilemma. The backerboard is smooth on one side and rough…
January 1, 1997
Unlike a plywood or backerboard substrate, a modified mud job might be more reliable over the long haul.
November 1, 1995
Take the time to get your tiles tight and flat, and your shower will look as if it had been carved out of solid marble.
January 1, 1995
Substituting backer board for the traditional mortar bed makes the job easier without sacrificing durability
January 1, 1994
Q: I’d like to lay tile over an area where half the floor is a post-and beam with diagonal 1-in. subflooring, and the other half is a concrete slab on…
March 1, 1993
Q: I recently refinished my bathroom with Mexican floor tiles left over from the house’s original construction about 10 years ago. I have been unable to find out how to seal…
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