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I have always used a handful of nails around the perimeter, then use screws for most, but I countersink every single hole first.


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Depending on what is behind your backer you need long roofing nails. I use HB 30-40 times a year and and I use the HB screws and long roofing nails. For shower walls that are a little tough I will double predrill for my backer screws. I will use a small bit for the hole then I will through each hole and use a larger bit. The larger bit I just give a tap ...


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I'd be inclined to add a few roofing nails in critical locations--corners, edges, etc. The nails mostly provide sheer strength, so it's unlikely that you'll see a problem.


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You can, of course, do something like this. There are several big caveats: Get a good book on tile setting; there are a lot of nuances and you want to thoroughly read the advice of the pros before going into a project like this With any custom pattern, you need to meticulously plan it; you need to design out the pattern with EXACT measurements so you know ...


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Measure your tiles, chances are they're not a true 18" anyway. You can cut all four edges of course, but that's a lot of work. Are you able to order more tiles that match what you have? If you can, it's likely that they're available in a 9x18 or 8x16 size. Alternatively you could use a belt sander to smooth the cut edge although it still might look ...


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Substrate: The size of your new tile will prescribe the size of your trowel. 12" tile usually calls for a quarter inch square notch. That bed of thinset would compress to slightly more than an 1/8". Depending on your troweling skills, you could fudge the height with extra thinset (within specification on the bag) or use a threshold for the transition, as ...


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Why tile over the nailing fin? Fill the gaps with drywall an tape and float. You can use liquid nails if you prefer--to attach the drywall green board. Caulk the edge from the tub unit to the newly finished drywall. Once it is all finished you can add a border of tiles around the tub for decoration...i did that once using the same tile as the vanity ...


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Nothing really bounds well to small pieces of loose thinset. The problem is that the thinset that is adhered under your tile isn't in one stable piece. Meaning that even if you add more thinset to a band of loose thinset it probably won't hold long, it certainly won't hold long term. I suggest you cut your loses. You have had someone replace the tiles. ...



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