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Re: ceramic tile

Posted By: Phil
Friday, 18 May 2001, at 7:34 a.m.

In Response To: ceramic tile (jeff smith)

Generally, Formica is laid on particle board. Particle Boards are strong, but will bloat when in contact with water. I recommend that you completely remove and dispose of your current countertop and start anew. Start with a fresh sheet of 3/4 inch exterior plywood board as the base. Cut, lay and secure the base to your base cabinets. Don't forget the opening for your sink or cooking range. You will also need to build in the splash board which is normally 3 - 4 inch high. Apply mortar, lay thee tiles, grout when mortar is dry, usually after 48 hours. You can "frame" the edges with a strip of wood or use border tile to complement your countertop. Before you start, look around the kitchen showroom of a hardware store or kitchen cabinets showroom. They are likely to have a tiled countertop on display. Make note of the type of tiles used, thickness and border. Hope this will help. Your public library also has home-improvement books on any subject.

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