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how to install glass tile with ceramic tile

Instead of using dry wall can I use cement boards in order to put ceramic tile on the wall behind the fireplace?

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Posted 2013-12-15T19:07:07+0000  by svicenti7 svicenti7

Howdy svicenti7,


I spoke with some of our loca experts about ceramic tiling and they said, "sure you can, but it's a lot easier to trowel thinset over the brick and then tile right over that. Here’s how to do it;

Cover the hearth with a drop cloth and remove the mantel and anything else that's attached to the brick. Go over the entire area with a wire brush to get rid of  any loose mortar, then scrub off the soot with a rag soaked in white vinegar. Let the bricks dry for a day or two.


Next, mix up a batch of white, latex-modified thinset cement to the consistency of mayonnaise. Spread the thinset over the brick with a flat, straight—not notched—trowel and force it into all the grout joints. If the joints are still visible after the first coat cures, skim on a second coat to fill in any depressions. You should end up with a surface that’s as flat as backerboard but without any seams. The next day, lay down a new bed of latex-modified thinset combed out with a notched trowel, and set your tiles into that.

Here's a trick when tiling around fireplaces: The row of tiles directly above the firebox is visually the most important, so it should be absolutely straight. Nail a straight 1x board horizontally across the fireplace, in line with the top of the firebox, and use its top edge as a shelf as you set the tiles. The board also prevents the tiles from slipping before the adhesive cures. Work up from the board first, then, when the thinset hardens, take it off and work down the sides of the fireplace.


If you need more information or opinions, just ask on the Community, stop in you local Home Depot store or last but not least, if you feel this is too big to tackle, why not check out to get a local contrator to do the work for you.


Happy Tiling,

Posted 2013-12-16T20:58:00+0000  by Dave_HD_OC
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