January 1, 2002
Q: I’m laying out a pattern of 1-in. sq. tile for a border. I’d like to stick the tile to a backing to make sheets of the pattern. This process would…
September 1, 2001
Before this job, I had never installed 12-in. sq. by 3/8-in. thick tiles over my head. The marble-slab installers had done the walls of the tub/shower surround and preferred not…
A thick mortar bed over a vinyl membrane makes a sturdy base for tile, but it pays to test for leaks
May 1, 2001
Choosing, mixing, applying and sealing the messy stuff that goes between tiles.
March 1, 2001
As a tilesetter, I often use Hardibacker as a floor underlayment. I use drywall screws to affix the underlayment and follow the dot patterns printed on the underlayment as I…
January 1, 2001
Q: My kitchen countertop is ceramic tile, and I’m contemplating a color change. Is it possible to paint ceramic tile? Krista Anderson, Portland, OR A: Pat Wehrman of Dodge Lane Potters…
November 1, 2000
Sometimes you just have to tear it all back to bare studs and joists to get it right.
May 1, 2000
Thanks to cement backerboard, you can make a new countertop without ripping out the old one.
March 1, 2000
My grandfather was a tilesetter from the old country who once told me that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when confronted with the risk…
January 1, 2000
Q: In the “Q&A” column of FHB #126, Pat Wehrman’s suggestions for creating a removable tile mural were fine for most dry installations, but her approach could seriously compromise the water-resistant…
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