- Dec 7, 2008Tile is a medium and the "glue" for adhereing tile is tile cement.
After the tiles are adhered with the tile cement, grout is applied
between the tiles.
If you want to tile a space without cementing directly to the wall,
you might want to borrow from what some do with the upper-end,
artitist tiles. What they do is that they adhere the tiles to a
bordered wood backing and then adhere the wood backing using screws.
Still, the tile is adhered to the wood using tile cement.
This approach would allow you the ease of working on a flat surface
placed at a (more) erogromically location than up a kitchen wall. If
this were the approach that you chose to take, what I would do is cut
plywood to basically fit your area leaving room around the edges to
drill the wood into studs. Tile the wood as desired; grout and then
seal the grout lines. Screw the wood into place and into studs.
Cover the screw locations with trim glued into place.
Still, this solution would not be as simple as stated above. I would
imagine that there would be a definite maximum expanse of wood that
could simply be screwed in around the edges. This would then require
more than one piece of wood. You would have to locate the tiled wood
with respect to the studs and not just asthetics. There would still
be issues with getting a good seal between the counter tops and your
tiled wood pieces; just as with any "back splash" situation. And,
you would have to consider just what else maybe going horizontally
through your studs at any given place such as wiring or plumbing.
Your wood borders would have to well sealed as this is a wet
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