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Start by measuring the floor and stair risers to determine the amount of tile needed.
Remove the metal reducing strips from the doorways with a hammer and a flat pry bar.
Remove the wood base shoe by cutting the top with a razor knife and pulling it off with a flat pry bar.
Pry up the parquet floor with a flat pry bar.
Note: Parquet floors are usually glued down with mastic, which means they should come up fairly easily with a pry bar.
Sweep and vacuum the floor clean.
Be sure to install the backer board perpendicular to the subfloor panels. For this project, the backer board needed to be fastened through the subfloor so stainless steel screws are needed with a counter-sinking head.
Tip: Allow a minimum of 1/8" between the panels of backer board so you can tape and thin set the joints to make them stronger.
Mix the thin set according to the manufacturer's instructions, and let it stand for 15 minutes before applying.
Spread the thin set with the flat end of a notched trowel to allow for a good bond to the backer board. Comb through the thin set with the notched side to ensure a uniform thickness.
Lay the pre-cut pieces of backer board onto the thin set, and fasten the panels to the subfloor with 2" screws.