I've decided NOT to pay the pool builder $600 to mount the accent tiles, but get a friend to help. They are 1" tiles that will be spaces as singles, 2x2 and 3x3 both on the steps and on the walls, about 1 sq feet total of title.
I was wondering if people had suggestions about what needed to be done, especially in regards to sealant, etc.
The tiles are thin (about 1/8") so we have to make a base to get their overall height to about 1/2". I assume normal mortar will work. Do you make it a square base, or have beveled edges, or can it be just a bunch wider (but that would cause the plaster to be thinner near those edges).
Then you do thin set. Do you use a special thin set? Does it need to be sealed?
What about grout? Do you do grout, or do you just let the paster go in between?
How far from the steps do the tiles need to be? I've heard that they need a full 3", but that seems like a lot
Any other suggestions?