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Industry standards do not recommend butting tiles together whether they are a stone tile or a ceramic tile.

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There are no mandatory requirements to install glass tile over an ANSI A118.12 crack isolation membrane, unless the substrate to which the tile will be adhered to has non-structural cracks.

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According to the Marble Institute of America (MIA), on smooth surface stones, lippage should be limited to +/- 1/32″.

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Excessive efflorescence staining (generally a whitish substance) on stone, tiles, grout, or adjacent surfaces is a generally a symptom of an excessive moisture problem.

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If you have excessive tile lippage, then normally you have to remove those affected tiles to correct the problem.

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The tile should not crack or flex, or become debonded. That suggests that the substrate is not stable and may have excessive deflection.

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First you need to make sure you are using a non-sanded grout, which is necessary for grout joint widths less than 1/8″ wide or the grout won’t fit in. Sanded grout could scratch the tile surface if the glaze isn’t hard enough.

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It may be possible to adhere ceramic tile to masonite, but it is not recommended.

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The fact that there is a squeak under the tile suggests that the wood underlayment subfloor is moving to some degree.

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Generally speaking allowing the concrete to cure for 28 days allows it to achieve 90% cure and there is no significant shrinkage in the concrete after that in terms of installing ceramic tile over it.

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There are a lot of variables and depending on the application, what conditions it will be subjected to, and what the condition of the slab is will depend on what is the appropriate installation method and materials.

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The tile nor the stucco should be installed directly over plywood. The plywood will expand and warp when exposed to moisture.

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One more question on mortar for setting ceramic tiles in a mural: you recommended a thinset mortar conforming to ANSI A118.11, on 1/4″ concrete Hardiebacker board screwed and glued to 3/4″ plywood. I built the mural frames, complete with Hardiebacker board, and ordered the mortar, but received Rapid Set Mortar Mix (high strength construction mortar, to be applied 1/2 to 6″ thick), conforming to ASTM C928 and ICC 5102.

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What is the proper way to install tile over a wood subfloor assembly? The joists are Douglas Fir 9 inch x 1.5 inch. The walls are poured cement. There is a metal I-beam going the length of the house from under the garage of spancrete to under the hall and bedrooms common wall east to west. The Depths of the house is about 27 feet. The measure from the back wall to the metal beam is about 15 feet.

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Is there a high performance adhesive to attach 18″x13″ ceramic tile to mdf/maple cabinet doors? The doors are inset with ceramic tiled wall so when complete all tile will be flush with about 1/4″+ space for adhesive.

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I have recently purchased a home with an island kitchen and across on wall counter. Is there any durable product which could be use over the tiles to create a flat surface? Heavy polyurethane does not seem like the right thing to do.

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