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#1 posted 11-08-2012 01:36 AM

Sounds like an interesting project but I believe you may be heading for trouble. It has been my experience that you need a means to separate the tile from the plywood to allow it to expand and contract independent from the tile. May I suggest two possible solutions. First, consider putting down a backer board (this can be a cement board or hardi-backer) which you can get from the big box stores. This stuff usually comes in 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch thickness and is specifically made for doing tile work on floors and bathroom walls. You put it down on the plywood with screws then put the tile down on it with thin set. The second option would be to use a new type of membrane which you can get from most tile stores. It is usually orange in color and is flexible. From what I understand, you would put it down on the plywood with thin set then put the tile on it also with thin set. I hope this helps.


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