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  1. Plumb_know

    Plumb_know Member of Tilers Forums

    Location:
    Maidstone
    Hi Everyone,

    Plumber by trade but do a lot of bathroom refurbishments, have hired tilers in the past with mixed experiences.

    I have not been impressed with the last few tilers and have started doing smaller jobs myself and have enjoyed it. I am not sure if i want to do tilling all the time as like the plumbing work more but would like to learn just so i have a better understanding & to try and provide good preparation for the tilers i do use so they can obtain good results.

    I see a lot of people plaster all the walls before tilling a bathroom but i have never done this due to the time needed before you can tile (usually i am redoing the only bathroom in the house so 2weeks without a shower would not go down to well). Is there a better product to use to skim or flatten a wall rather than standard plaster which will allow for tilling say 2 days later?

    I would usually dot & dab a wall if possible but some bathrooms i am working with millimetres just to get things to fit in the room.


    with regards to walls on stud i usually replace/repair with moisture plasterboard then tank with a mapie type tanking kit, i do this around baths & showers.

    Floors i usually lay structural ply then use schluter matting over the top (orange one with grooves)

    Does this prep sound reasonable to you and what would you recommend improving?

    Also as read on plastering forum never seal with PVA only a tilling primer .

    Look forward to you responses & advice.

    Thanks
     
  2. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    Well, a shower should be left at least a fortnight before being used anyway to be honest, give everything half a chance to cure, especially over a waterproof background such as tanking, but I do appreciate your concerns.
    There are specific repair mortars on the market like Ardex AM100 to repair walls and it fast drying.
    Plaster is about the worst substrate to tile on, it allows you only 20kgs per m2 of Tiles, porcelain weighs on average 24kgs per m2 without the 4kgs of adhesive and grout. Far better off with tanked plasterboard in truth over plaster, that allows 32kgs per m2.
    But tile backer boards should be your first choice. Dot and dabbed with tile adhesive and mechanically fixed Thro the dabs following day. Tile boards range from around 50-200kgs per m2
    Tanking kits are required in wet areas now as per BS5385.

    You would be better off overboarding the ply with a tile backer board, stick with adhesive and again add mechanical fixings.
    If using stone, add a decoupler like ditra or a 1mm antifracture mat.
    Porcelain will go straight over backer board as long as there is no deflection in the floor (up & down movement) its deflection that will normally cause failures.
    Or you can remove floor completely and use either 22mm no more ply or Gyproc’s GIFA board, these are both structural and you can lay to them direct.
    BE SURE TO READ INSTRUCTIONS ON TILING CAREFULLY.
    They require the correct type of priming, but once done make excellent substrates with minimal build up!

    Also

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  3. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Provided you’re not using ultra heavy tiles, I usually find most of your average domestic bathrooms lend themselves best to dot and dab P/board and tanking in wet areas. I find that dot and dabbing is the quickest and easiest way to get things millimetre perfect. By the way, if you can, ditch the Mapei kit and try out the Tilemaster kit. It’s much better IMHO.
     
  4. Plumb_know

    Plumb_know Member of Tilers Forums

    Location:
    Maidstone
    thanks for your help everyone, will look into the products you have specified.

    also with the backboards do you need to use 12mm or as they are better can you reduce this to 6mm??

    thanks
     
  5. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    6mm board is used almost exclusively for overboarding any existing board, not to stud.
    12.5 or similar can go to studs at 300. 20mm boards for 400mm centres.
     
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  6. Simon Dale

    Simon Dale Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Maidstone
    Agree with @3_fall@3_fall Customers should not skimp on good prep. Its not cheap anymore and plaster defo no no no :)
     
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  7. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    A topic close to my heart today after having to walk away from a job I was assured would be prepared right, by a plumber and me only to find it had no prep at all. It’s good to see you care about the prep for tiling. You can stick on 6 or 10 or 12mm foam core tile backer boards over the mess on the walls, with powdered tile adhesive then add fixings the next day, and these are water proof.
     
  8. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    What we need is a tile backer board that cuts as easily as a foam board, is waterproof like a foam board yet comes in decent sizes. Even 1800 x 900 would be good but the board needs to have a bit more rigidity than the foam and must be able to be dabbed onto the wall with dry wall adhesive.

    Hopefully I’m not asking for too much......:kissingclosed:
     
  9. pdc

    pdc Professional Tiler

    Have you never heard of Kerdi board?
     
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    pdc Professional Tiler

     
  11. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Yes, I’ve used it. No different to any other foam board IMO
     
  12. Albert

    Albert Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
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  13. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I’ve seen it at bal HQ on a training day, basically another version of hardie backer I think. But cuts easier.
     
  14. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    “Water and Mould resistant”

    Waterproof please if it’s on walls. Otherwise it’s pointless.
     
  15. Albert

    Albert Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
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