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Topic by mustang958 posted 03-06-2012 01:46 AM 3103 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2012 01:46 AM

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Hello all. I am remodeling a laundry room and will be installing a small counterop roughly 6 feet long. I thought I’d save myself some trouble by installing tile so I wouldn’t have to bother with laminate. So far from what I’ve been reading there doesn’t seem to be any hard and fast rules for this. I’ve read 1/2” backerboard, 1/4” backerboard, screw the plywood down, secure from underneath. Not sure what’s what any more. Is the idea to still come up with a 1 1/2” thickness once all the layers are applied or does it not really matter and you build what works? Can anyone give me some basics to keep in mind? Thickness of materials to use, dimensions of the rough counter prior to tile installation, screw the plywood down or secure from underneath like a laminate top, etc. Thanks in advance for any assistance and thanks for reading.


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03-12-2012 02:48 AM

Hey George,

Tiled bench tops are a thing of the past back here in Australia but i’ll try to help.
As a base board you would probably want something alteast 18mm (3/4 inch) thick. eg chipboard flooring, plywood etc.
Nail down (with tile underlay nails) Fibre cement sheeting 6mm (1/4 inch) thick.
You might want to do a timber edge to finish the front edge off. This will be the base board thickness + F.C. Sheeting thickness + Tile thickness. (18mm + 6mm + 8mm)
Otherwise you could mitre tiles down the front edge or maybe a piece of aluminium.

I would screw fix the bench top from underneath so you dont have to destroy it when removing/replacing next time.
Hope I helped

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03-12-2012 10:16 AM

Hey thanks for the reply. Yes this has helped quite a bit. Considering the tile because this is a laundry/utility room with a large drop in sink. So the short 6’ counter will be tiled as well as the backsplash. Had thought about most of the things you mentioned in the answer but it’s always nice to have another set of eyes look at something and get other opinions. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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