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DIYZombie 01-09-2013 11:44 AM

Ceramic tile on old pier and beam house?
Hi there! I own an old home built around the turn of the century. It has been updated quite a bit through the yrs but someone put carpet in the bathroom which IMO is NOT a good idea. I like the look of tile but I've been told not to put tile on pier and beam because it will inevitably crack. Is this true
Ithis true?

nealtw 01-09-2013 12:12 PM

Hay; Zombies are always welcome.
I guess that rule is for a house that has a habit of moving because of poor footings or soil conditions. If the plaster is cracked all over the place or evan a few cracks that change from time to time. If not you may not have a problem with that but you do want to check the floor joist height and span and weight for others to weigh in here.

Jaz 01-09-2013 01:52 PM

Hey Zombie,

Homes built like yours can be tiled, all depends on how ell it's built. How about you tell us. That method is popular on the left coast, lots of them have tiled floors.


weight for others to weigh in here.
Huh? :eek:


DIYZombie 01-09-2013 06:51 PM

Hey thanks for the quick reply! I think the house has good bones. The house does have cracks but I've lived here about a decade and I have not seen them get any worse. I know the foundation is a little off. You kind of walk downhill toward the back of the house. No change in ten yrs. I did however rip some old paneling off the front room of the house and hang drywall I have recurring cracks in. I think that was poor workmanship. I started the job with a buddy at the time who said he knew how. I found out quickly he did not. Those cracks in drywall are above the window and below window. Fix and they reappear in few weeks. I was told this may be because I used mesh tape and not the conventional paper. I also used premixed mudd.

nealtw 01-09-2013 10:04 PM

Your drywall should not be cracking, premixed mud over mesh tape should have been fine. I think the rest of the house has to be considered

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