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Joined: August 2008
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Posted: October 9, 2008 3:25 AM


I am planning a new tile installation over hardwood in a craft room.  Can I lay the tile over the hardwood directly, if not what do I need to lay first.  I'm not a very seasoned DIYer, so the more elementary your response, the better.   I don't know all the terminology.  Thanks
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Orlando, FL
Posted: October 9, 2008 11:47 PM

RE: tile over hardwood directly?
I would not recommend installing tile directly over hardwood planks. Assuming the subfloor is adequate, I would remove the planks, and install a 1/2" thick cement board (called a CBU) to the subfloor with thinset and screws. Then you can safely install tile on the cement board.

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Posted: May 1, 2009 1:44 AM

RE: tile over hardwood directly?
You can get vey thin Luan board or like and glue down over the hardwood to make an even surface. You could also use caulk between the cracks if the rest of the floor is even. But if you have any uneveness the tiles may crack. WE also use extra glue to make sure the tiles stick well, just keep it away from the edges to keep from running between the tiles
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