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Old March 9th 09, 10:15 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Tiled Hearth - How to Build?

"Phil L" wrote in message
Arthur 51 wrote:
On 9 Mar, 16:24, (A.Lee) wrote:
Arthur 51 wrote:
I fancy using slate tiles for a hearth and back.
So it would be 4 x 30cm square tiles for a 1.2m length hearth
but how should I build up the height to the usual hearth depth?

Paving slabs.
300 square x 50mm would be about right I reckon.

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I've just done a search and it seems that a hearth should be a minimum
of 15" or 40cm deep.
I also want to keep the cost down so buying 2" thick slate sounds
I'm now thinking of 40cm square slate tiles that would be about
10/12mm thick.


B&Q have 400mm paving slabs @ about 1.30 each, they are about 25mm thick,
so if you lay them on 10mm of sand/cement mixed at 3:1, plus your tile
adhesive, plus your tiles, you will have a proper thickness.

once it's all set, you can drill and plug the edges to affix timber, or,
affix a framework of 3X2 to the floor, infill with any mixture of the
above, then fix your skirtings to this once tiling is complete.

I was thinking about that, too.
is it red sand or sharp sand for the mortar layer?