Tim Uhler

I’m a lead carpenter for a company that specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling projects. We do all our own tile work, for the most part, but on the rare occasions we do sub it out, we’ll do all the necessary prep work for the tile installation.

Over the years, we’ve honed our skills installing tile over wood framing and have learned that a long-lasting installation depends on a sturdy and stable base—you can’t just wade into a tile job without checking the existing framing and fixing any underlying problems, and then expect great results. With floors, we evaluate the strength of the existing floor system and its anticipated deflection and check it for level; with walls, we have to check whether they are plumb and square and whether the individual studs are in plane with one another. The following is a primer on how we approach prepping for tile in wood structures, focusing mainly on bathrooms.

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