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Old 01-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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1st Backsplash Attempt

im going to be installing my first backsplash in my kitchen. does anyone have any tips and tricks that they can share with me. also, can I put the tile directly over the drywall ?? its a tumbled marble 3x6 tile and ill be using thin set not mastic.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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Re: 1st Backsplash Attempt

My usual starting point is the stove center line. I like equal cuts going up to the range hood. Or, start on the center line of the sink window. That will give you equal cuts on either side of the window.

To visualize the installation, you can do a dry run by picking your starting point and spacing a piece of tile + a grout joint across the countertop. Do this vertically to check how the tile hits electrical boxes,etc and how it finishes into the bottom of the cabinets.

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You can use thinset on drywall, just prime before you apply. I agree with Olzo, however keep in mind the big picture. If centering on something leaves a sliver at the end or in the corner just use your best judgement on how to adjust. Whether it's off setting the center of the stove or window or hanging over the edge a bit more, make sure that it works for your kitchen layout.
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Be sure to use a grout matching caulk at the top to splash joint line.
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