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Old 06-06-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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doing a small bathroom renovation. Using a white ceramic subway tile for the walls of shower and up 4 feet around the rest of the bathroom. Adding a glass mosaic (small glass subways) as an accent. The glass will be a 3" strip.

Issue is, the glass tiles are half the thickness of the ceramic tiles. Looking at ways to get them even. It's impractical to shim out the backerboard just for this strip. Don't think Ditra is meant for small tile.

Thinking of tiling up to the mark where the glass tile will go - applying a coat of thin set to the area the glass tile will go getting it as even and level as I can, to build it out a bit. Then, letting the thin set cure, sanding it to make it even as possible, then applying another layer of thin set and laying the glass tile.

Thoughts? This tile is colored glass, not painted in back, so I will see whatever is going on in back of it.

thanks!
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Sounds like you have the right idea. To maintain the proper thickness, make a tool like the attached image. So say the thickness of the glass tile is 1/8" and the ceramic is 1/4" ... you'll make the notch 1/8" deep and 3" wide (use your actual numbers, though!). This way, when you go and scrape over the thinset with this "tool", you'll know that the finished height didn't exceed 1/8" thick.

Just make sure that you keep the area just above it clean and level ... so while applying, wipe up the excess as you go.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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Thanks! I was thinking of making a tool, but my design was more complicated. This is perfect.
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