Installation FAQ Questions — Installation of Ceramic Tile, Glass Tile, and Stone — CTaSC

Installation FAQ Questions - Installation of Ceramic Tile, Glass Tile, and Stone - CTaSC

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Common Questions

  1. What are the Industry Standards for Thin-set Contact for Adhered Tile Applications? — In several different articles authored by Mr. Pompo, there are references to industry guidelines and standards for proper installation. One in particular involves the 80% and 95% contact rules and «no voids greater than 2 square inches and full thin-set at all tile edges and corners.» I have seen the reference to the 80 and 95% coverage rules in ANSI A108, but I have not been able to locate the specific reference to the 2 square inches and the edge conditions — can you please direct me to that section of the standards?
  2. Can I install Slate over Pine Stair Risers? — Can I bond slate to pine stair risers with a flexible adhesive via a caulk gun such as silicone or flexible construction adhesive? Seems this would eliminate concerns for cracking due to thermal expansion of the dimensional lumber.
  3. Can Tile be Bonded to Plastic Tile Adhesive? — I have a contractor unable to remove 60 year old glue from old plastic tiles, so wants to install new ceramic tile over it. Any help is appreciated.
  4. What is the proper requirements for Thin-Set Adhesive Contact for Tile? — Would you provide an estimated fee to review a photo of some spot bonding being used to adhere 6″ x 24″ porcelain tile? I need to know if a proper technique is being used on a current job before it proceeds (considering bonding agents, spot coverage, etc)
  5. Can I install tile on a retaining wall? — I am planning to create a tile mosaic on a concrete retaining wall. How do I prep the wall? How do I ensure that the barrier I use on the wall to make it waterproof will still take the mastic for the tile? What mastic should I use? I plan on having students create the tiles so they will be glazed stoneware. Is my project impossible? Any direction/advice you can offer would be most appreciated.
  6. How do I restore a ceramic tile that has concrete over it? When removing old plastic tiles i came to notice there was concrete on top of the old clay tiles, i want to restore the clay tiles, is there any way of removing this quick and easy with out the need for acid??
  7. Can floor tiles be installed on walls? — I have a question regarding a job I am contracting for. I want to install porcelain tile that is

What are the Industry Standards for Thin-set Contact for Adhered Tile Applications? — In several different articles authored by Mr. Pompo, there are references to industry guidelines and standards for proper installation. One in particular involves the 80% and 95% contact rules and «no voids greater than 2 square inches and full thin-set at all tile edges and corners.» I have seen the reference to the 80 and 95% coverage rules in ANSI A108, but I have not been able to locate the specific reference to the 2 square inches and the edge conditions — can you please direct me to that section of the standards?

Can I install Slate over Pine Stair Risers? — Can I bond slate to pine stair risers with a flexible adhesive via a caulk gun such as silicone or flexible construction adhesive? Seems this would eliminate concerns for cracking due to thermal expansion of the dimensional lumber.

ANSWER — Installing stone over pine isn’t recommended because it isn’t a good material for achieving a reliable bond, and might have too much deflection. It is possible to bond the slate to the risers since it is a vertical application applied to a relatively small surface area, but it has to be compatible with the pine for bonding. Silicone is known for bonding well to a properly cleaned back slate, although some sealants can cause staining in the stone. The silicone does well in mitigating movement and heat.

Can Tile be Bonded to Plastic Tile Adhesive? — I have a contractor unable to remove 60 year old glue from old plastic tiles, so wants to install new ceramic tile over it. Any help is appreciated.

ANSWER — Not sure what your situation is based on your description, but here are some possible answers:

CTaSC

Common Questions

  1. What are the Industry Standards for Thin-set Contact for Adhered Tile Applications? — In several different articles authored by Mr. Pompo, there are references to industry guidelines and standards for proper installation. One in particular involves the 80% and 95% contact rules and «no voids greater than 2 square inches and full thin-set at all tile edges and corners.» I have seen the reference to the 80 and 95% coverage rules in ANSI A108, but I have not been able to locate the specific reference to the 2 square inches and the edge conditions — can you please direct me to that section of the standards?
  2. Can I install Slate over Pine Stair Risers? — Can I bond slate to pine stair risers with a flexible adhesive via a caulk gun such as silicone or flexible construction adhesive? Seems this would eliminate concerns for cracking due to thermal expansion of the dimensional lumber.
  3. Can Tile be Bonded to Plastic Tile Adhesive? — I have a contractor unable to remove 60 year old glue from old plastic tiles, so wants to install new ceramic tile over it. Any help is appreciated.
  4. What is the proper requirements for Thin-Set Adhesive Contact for Tile? — Would you provide an estimated fee to review a photo of some spot bonding being used to adhere 6″ x 24″ porcelain tile? I need to know if a proper technique is being used on a current job before it proceeds (considering bonding agents, spot coverage, etc)
  5. Can I install tile on a retaining wall? — I am planning to create a tile mosaic on a concrete retaining wall. How do I prep the wall? How do I ensure that the barrier I use on the wall to make it waterproof will still take the mastic for the tile? What mastic should I use? I plan on having students create the tiles so they will be glazed stoneware. Is my project impossible? Any direction/advice you can offer would be most appreciated.
  6. How do I restore a ceramic tile that has concrete over it? When removing old plastic tiles i came to notice there was concrete on top of the old clay tiles, i want to restore the clay tiles, is there any way of removing this quick and easy with out the need for acid??
  7. Can floor tiles be installed on walls? — I have a question regarding a job I am contracting for. I want to install porcelain tile that is

What are the Industry Standards for Thin-set Contact for Adhered Tile Applications? — In several different articles authored by Mr. Pompo, there are references to industry guidelines and standards for proper installation. One in particular involves the 80% and 95% contact rules and «no voids greater than 2 square inches and full thin-set at all tile edges and corners.» I have seen the reference to the 80 and 95% coverage rules in ANSI A108, but I have not been able to locate the specific reference to the 2 square inches and the edge conditions — can you please direct me to that section of the standards?

Can I install Slate over Pine Stair Risers? — Can I bond slate to pine stair risers with a flexible adhesive via a caulk gun such as silicone or flexible construction adhesive? Seems this would eliminate concerns for cracking due to thermal expansion of the dimensional lumber.

ANSWER — Installing stone over pine isn’t recommended because it isn’t a good material for achieving a reliable bond, and might have too much deflection. It is possible to bond the slate to the risers since it is a vertical application applied to a relatively small surface area, but it has to be compatible with the pine for bonding. Silicone is known for bonding well to a properly cleaned back slate, although some sealants can cause staining in the stone. The silicone does well in mitigating movement and heat.

Can Tile be Bonded to Plastic Tile Adhesive? — I have a contractor unable to remove 60 year old glue from old plastic tiles, so wants to install new ceramic tile over it. Any help is appreciated.

ANSWER — Not sure what your situation is based on your description, but here are some possible answers:


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