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I've been installing tiles for quite a while now and one of the most frustrating things I have to deal with, is unlevel walls. Even when I've worked with contractors and had made it clear to them that a level wall was crucial, I still get tsunami walls.
Have you a unique way of dealing with it?:huh:
 

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By level do you mean plumb?

If you really want it flat tar paper, lath and mud should do a good job.
 

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If our tile guru Angus was online right now, he'd repeat that level/plumb is not nearly as important as FLAT.
Angus would tell us to 5-dot every tile with nice thick blobs of mastic to obtain a nice smooth plane.
 

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My answer is Tec 3n1 :thumbsup: being both a thin and medium bed mortar you can float out many out of plumb areas, add in the no slip (6# /sf) properties and it is hard to find a better mortar for walls.
 

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I am guessing by his description he is talking about flat. The " tsunami" reference would indicate a wavy wall (crown in and out).

Screw the paper and lathe route, those crazy hobbiest...

Drywall shims as a first resort. That has always worked for me. If they are way out of plane you can sister or plane as needed.
 

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If the framers can't crown... and the drywallers can't shim.... either charge alot... or put vinyl tile on the shower wall.....:clap:
 

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I've always been lucky enough to only tile walls that I have framed/trued and boarded. I have done maybe 2-3 jobs where I tiled onto someone else's "prep" job. Remember them sucking!
 
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