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Old 11-04-2014, 02:11 AM
 
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A mortar bed, as you call it, is not an accepted way to install tile on plywood.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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A mortar bed, as you call it, is not an accepted way to install tile on plywood.
Not "Accepted" by who? And if not on plywood, where "would" you use such a mortar bed?
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:27 PM
 
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Not accepted by the TCNA. And you don't use one period. I am done. I won't argue. I installed flooring for 40 years before I retired. Just trying to help people understand the right way to do installations. Not worth it to argue with a DIYer.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Not accepted by the TCNA. And you don't use one period. I am done. I won't argue. I installed flooring for 40 years before I retired. Just trying to help people understand the right way to do installations. Not worth it to argue with a DIYer.
Yes, it is-
http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/TDS/TDS-125.pdf

And also by ANSI.

That retirement must have been a long, long, time ago- you obviously haven't been currently advised.

DIY'er. That's funny!
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:00 PM
 
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Default Is Tiling Easy? I watch videos like crazy but

I just want to get it from people who have done it, is it something anyone can pick up or do you have to have that skill that some people just have? Our first project is harder because it's a bathroom, but we have to get it done, I am afraid we won't be able to get the tile around toilet right, Youtube videos we watch but I like to hear it from others who have trial and error experience.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Uh yeah. It's not for you.
You don't tile "around" a toilet!
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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I know you tile under the toilet, sorry I did word it right, I just meant that is harder than just laying it on the floor for being a first project.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:24 PM
 
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I would start with vinyl square tiles. They are more fogiving and can be cut with scissors. Ceramic tile is not for newbies. Cuts are difficult unless you have a wet saw and know how to use it.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: SC
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I tiled the bathrooms in several of my homes and did a fine job. I am female and had no prior experience.

The most important part is using the correct underlayment for a foundation, if it is needed.

Its not rocket science, you just have to have a bit of common sense and be detail oriented.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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For tiling that is not complex, yes, it can be easy. On the other hand, there can be challenges and unknowns that can be a bit too hard for the beginner to tackle. I would suggest, just to get a bit of practice and introduction, sign up for one of those home improvement classes on tiling they host at the big box stores like Home Depot or Lowes. I know there's plenty of people here that will decry that recommendation but I think one of the things you might enjoy is that you get to actually get your hands dirty and do a bit of practice tiling.
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