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Indd 49 (RAY) Text 6/20/10 10:26:52 AM 6/20/10 10:28:46 AM Job:06-19686 Title:CPI-HI 0606 CG to Geramic Tile Third Edn #150 DTP:216 Page:49 Tools for Installing substrates D epending upon your application, you may have to cut and install a substrate of cementboard, plywood, cork, backerboard, greenboard, or moisture membrane. Whichever your tiling project demands, the tools shown here will help you measure, score, cut, and install substrate material with precision. Drywall squares are used to measure and mark substrates, such as cementboard, fiber-cementboard, and isolation membrane.
To make round and curved cutouts in cementboard, try using a power drill fitted with a carbide or diamond-tipped hole saw. Mark the centerpoint of the cut on the panel and bore the hole at low speed. To improve performance, use a spray bottle filled with water to periodically moisten the cutting edge of the bit. Rotary tool/spiral cutting saw . To make round cuts in cementboard using a rotary saw fitted with a tile cutting bit, adjust the circle cutter guide to the desired hole size and drill a pilot hole in the center point and perimeter of the desired cut.
3 Apply an even layer of concrete primer to the entire surface using a long-nap paint roller. Let the primer dry completely. 4 Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the floor leveler with water. The batch should be large enough to cover the entire floor area to the desired thickness (up to 1"). Pour the leveler over the floor. Distribute the leveler evenly, using a rake or spreader. Work quickly: the leveler begins to harden in 15 min. Use a trowel to feather the edges and create a smooth transition with an uncovered area.