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Forum topic by Chuck1685 posted 10-15-2016 03:55 PM 863 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2016 03:55 PM

Hello all. I have a unique scenario and need some help if possible. Thank you in advanced to everyone. I have had some spalted oak that is only half inch thick sitting in the shop for a while now that I finally decided on what to use it for. I would like to attach it to my fire place mantle and hearth. The problem is that there is already ceramic tile there. I don’t really want to pull all of the tile up, so I was wondering if it is possible to attach the wood directly to the tile. I have done some research and have found that some sort of silicone adhesive may be the best option. This would allow for wood movement and will also hold up to the heat. The tile doesn’t get warm enough to where I am unable to touch it, so I’m not worried about the heat as much as I am about wood movement. If anyone has any suggestions or experience on this issue please let me know. Thanks again!

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#1 posted 10-15-2016 05:56 PM

You might look at a polyurethane adhesive instead of silicone. In my experience silicone doesn’t adhere all that well long term. My preferred adhesive/caulking is linked below. It will stay flexible forever (practically) and will stick just about anything together.

MasterSeal NP 1

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#2 posted 10-30-2016 04:15 PM

Thank you very much I’ll give that stuff a try.

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#3 posted 10-31-2016 01:45 AM

Just a couple of thoughts…

I think the wood will look nice, but you will be violating the clearance-to-combustibles code for the fireplace. I’m not saying anything about the actual safety, just the code issue. When you sell your house, it will likely need to be removed. But, if you’re going to live there a long time, why not.

Poly might stick, but I think it will fail over time. If you want to stick it, I’d use an epoxy. If it were mine, I’d take a hammer & chisel to it and get that tile off. I could have it out of there in half an hour.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 10-31-2016 02:01 AM

If cutting tile out is an option you want to take. Get a tile blade for a grinder and you can cut out the exact size you need for the wood. Leave a pretty clean line in the tile

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#5 posted 10-31-2016 02:17 PM

I agree probably not the best idea, but if your set on doing it drill a hole in the grout line and use a finish screw.

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