I am building a backyard grill/kitchen and after reeling in the sticker
shock of granite have decided on a tile counter. I went to the tile
shop and found a tile that I like, but it doesn't come with a V cap,
but it does have a chair rail. As I examined the V caps and chair
rails glued to the sample boards I really could not see a difference.
Is there? If there is, can I still use the chair rail in place of a V
If not, I plan to cut a 2" tall piece of tile to wrap on the vertical
surface of the island. In tha case, is there a trickl to get these
pieces of tile to hold still while the adhesive sets up?
Depends upon the tile style. Generally the top of the v-cap that sits
on the counter is a bit longer than the one of the chair rail, however
the chair rail can be used for a cap.
Depends upon the cabinet. Use fairly stiff/tacky thinset for the
vertical pieces. If possible tack a thin piece of wood using a few 4d
nails to the cabinet to support the pieces temporarily. Don't knock the
nails in all the way, just enough to barely hold the piece onto the
cabinet. If the base counter is brick you can do the same trick with
the thin wood strip and place the nails in the mortar joints. Another
way is to use masking tape wrapped over the just set piece and wrapped
over onto the top. Give them a good hard push when you stick them on
and wiggle them a little to get them in place. Moving them after that
will break the bond and you will need to redo the piece(s).
There are also various metal and plastic edge pieces that can be
permanently installed to the face of the cabinet for the tile to sit on
as well, leaving a very thin edging exposed.
Latapoxy 310 should hold them in place without any of the above, but
it's not cheap.
Thanks. The cabinet will be stucco, so I'll find a way to put some sort
of straightedge along the face of the cabinet if I decide to go that
The other choice, using a chair rail sounds like a better treatment to
me right now. Thanks for the speedy response.
I had considered granite tiles. I am not sure about how close to 100%
level I would have to be. I guess the closer to black the flatter it
would need to be. I was thinking someting reddish or perhaps an
When you mention blue masking tape, did you mean to hold the ledger in
Thanks for the quick replies.
Forgot to ask. What is the recommended grout line thickness for granite
tiles? I seem to remember than none looks best. If that's the case, do
you simply butt the tiles together and call it good, or do you grout
over the nearly zero line?
there's lots of different colors of tile just like the different colors for
slabs. pick ones that you like. i found a palette worth on sale for $1/sqft
when i was doing my counters. i also used cut pieces for trim around the
i use latex modified thinset for the edges, and i use either strips cut from
the surface tiles or bullnose tiles. set the pieces and use pieces of blue
tape to hold the tiles on. a ledger would be easier, better, and faster if
you can use one.
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