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Old 2009-07-28, 11:01 AM
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Hi all, what do builders today typically do before installing tiles? someone told me they will put down this steel mesh and pour a think layer of concrete on it, then install the tiles on that. i've seen an episode of Disaster DYI and the host Brian didn't do that. he put that orange sheet on the subfloor and tiled on that.
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Old 2009-07-28, 11:04 AM
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ditra is a lot more then code requires and also a lot more expensive. your builder will probably not use it.
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Old 2009-07-28, 11:06 AM
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ok so will they tile directly onto the subfloor or put the steel mesh and the layer of concrete before the tiles?

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Old 2009-07-28, 11:37 AM
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ok so will they tile directly onto the subfloor or put the steel mesh and the layer of concrete before the tiles?
Mine was done with the steel mesh.
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Old 2009-07-28, 11:40 AM
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when was your floor done?

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Mine was done with the steel mesh.
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Old 2009-07-28, 12:14 PM
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Tiles were done a month ago and I they just finished working on the electical stuff. My house is now locked.
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Old 2009-07-28, 12:24 PM
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Usually they will tile over 1/2" plywood underlayment. Check your specs, I've frequently seen this listed in the features: 1/2" underlayment for tile, 1/4" underlayment for vinyl. Steel mesh is still used??? Thought that was old school.
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Old 2009-07-28, 12:27 PM
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it doesn't say anything about that in the features list.

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Old 2009-07-28, 12:31 PM
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Note that I said "frequently". Perhaps ask your builder about their installation process?
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Steel mesh stapled directly to subfloor with mortar bed on top of mesh. Tiles layed on that.
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