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Hello, we have removed some already laid porcelain tiles without breaking any of them, and the thinnset used is still intact. can we re-lay new tiles over the old thinnset using multibond? that is layer below is old thinnset and on top of that will be the multibond, and then tile on top of multibond. so multibond will be used to "secure" or hold tile in place.thanks, pearl

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Hello, Pearl.

I thought I answered this question a couple of days ago, but cannot find it in my list. I remember asking for photos so I can see what you're talking about.  

"Multibond" may work, but it may not. Reading your previous question again, it sounds like the tiles you're talking about reinstalling are vertical, because no one will walk on them. My concern is: Even if you add a small amount of "multibond" to the backs of the tile, it's going to make the tiles project out further than the tiles above, which may make grouting difficult, and could allow water to get behind the replaced tiles.

You've got a difficult challenge. Have you considered calling a professional tile setter for a local opinion? You may have to pay for consulting, but consider it insurance against something that could turn out to be much more expensive, if the "multibond" doesn't work.

Wishing you luck, and hope that you can get the problem resolved quickly.

Diane Plesset, CMKBD, NCIDQ, C.A.P.S.
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I will answer questions about anything to do with bathroom remodeling: design considerations, safety, function, materials (cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures and fittings, lighting/switching, heating and ventilation, tile, stone, concrete, tub and shower enclosures, flooring, etc.), saving water, trends, ROI, and appearance.

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25+ years as a bath-kitchen design specialist, hundreds of completed bathroom projects (all styles, all investment ranges). Author of "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling," co-host of a home improvement program on a local radio station for over three years. Currently hosting "Today's Home" on Lifestyle WebRadio every Sunday afternoon (http://www.todays-home.com).

Organizations
NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), PRO (Portland Remodelers' Organization), IDPC (Interior Design Protection Council).

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"THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling" (my book, published in 2003), Designers' Illustrated Magazine, Gentry Magazine, Kitchen-Bath Business Magazine, Kitchen-Bath Design News Magazine,Interior Coordinator Magazine (Japan); San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Statesman Journal, Portland Tribune, Oregonian.

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Multiple degrees: Bathroom Design, Residential Interior Design, Kitchen Design, and Lighting Design. Regularly attend classes and seminars to maintain current knowledge about codes, trends, sustainability, new products, etc.

Awards and Honors
Awards: Henry Adams Designer of the Year, CoTY, Master Design, Best of the Best, Chrysalis, Excellence (best home in its category), and NABE (best how-to book, 2003). "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling" received #1 listing in the City of Chicago publication, "Hiring The Pros".

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To see photos of completed projects, visit my website: http://www.dp-design.com/portfolio

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