I have 4x4 natural stone tiles that I'm using in a completely dry area.
Is it necessary for me to use a backerboard product or can I just apply
the tiles directly over the plywood. I'm new to tiling and this is my
first project...if I can apply directly over plywood, what sort of
adhesive/mortar should I use?
I was about to do the front of my FP with Eldorado (faux) stone and dropped
into the local rock masons/concrete supply place to get some mortar. The
guy in there said that they're using a lot of construction advesive in the
tubes now rather than mortar so thats what I went with. Worked well. You
can get it at any bulding supply place such as HD or Lowes. There are
probably half a dozen versions deppending what you want to "glue". I had
already stapled stucco lath to the plywood face to give the mortar something
to grip on. I don't know if I'd go right on the ply w/o the lath. Read the
instructions on the tube or contact the manufacturer (they nearly all have a
website on their products now) for advice. I did brace the rows of "stone"
as I laid them so gravity didnt try to pull them off til the adhesive dried.
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