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Install Marble Wall Slabs

Updated:2014-03-05 10:19:38
Marble provides any room with the elegance of natural stone. Its glossy shine brightens a room significantly, with its subtle changes in hue adding to the decor in subtle ways. Unfortunately, marble can be a brittle stone, easily breaking on installation unless properly supported. With the correct installation procedure, though, you should be able to lay the slabs onto your walls smoothly to create the look you desire.

Instructions as follows:

                                                                                        

Firstly, clean the walls using a sponge and a pH-neutral cleanser. Dampen the sponge with the cleanser only, making sure not to saturate the wall with moisture as you clean. Rinse with clean water, and then pat the surface dry with a clean, dry piece of cloth.
Secondly, dull any gloss from paint covering the wall and create a texture for mortar adherence by sanding the stone wall lightly with 180-grit sandpaper. Wipe the dust raised by the sanding off the wall with the clean cloth.
Thirdly, measure the length of the wall with a tape measure and divide the length by half. Place a chalk mark at the midpoint of the wall located at the height of a slab plus 1/8-inch above the slab starting area. Place a carpenter’s level at the base of the tiling area on the wall at the mark and while holding it level, draw a horizontal line on the wall with the chalk to mark your first tiling row.
Fourthly, use a notched trowel to cover a portion of wall of about 5 square feet with thinset mortar. Begin with the area defined by your marked lines. Mix the mortar in a large bucket with an electric drill and paddle bit, adding water until it’s a peanut butter-like consistency. Turn the trowel on edge at a 45-degree angle. Run the notches through the mortar to create grooves in its surface.
Fifthly, press the first marble slab into the mortar at the midpoint, centered on the midpoint line, and below the level line so that it’s 1/8-inch from the bottom of the tiling surface. Place a 1/8-inch tile spacer beneath the slab to hold it in position and to all other sides of the marble to keep the space between slabs uniform. Place the next slab onto the wall beside it, and continue until you fill the 5-square-foot area.
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