Installing ceramic tile. 

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    Installing a ceramic tile floor

 

Of the assorted flooring materials, ceramic floor tile is one of the most not easy to install. To the flip side, then again, once the job is done, the results tend to be well definitely worth the endeavor. Nearly all professional tile setters apply thin set mortar base, tile may also be installed with adhesive.

Planning a base. Ceramic floor tile should be set over a base that is firm, hard, and flat. Quite a few kinds of existing floors can provide this type of base, these include concrete slab and wood or plywood sub flooring. A wood or plywood base, that  has to be strong enough not to bend when you bound on it, is often covered with ½-inch tile backer board or ½-inch plywood over the sub floor being a substrate for ceramic tile.

 

 

 

 

Tips for Laying out ceramic tile installation.

You can start either from at right angles working lines at the middle of the area or from along one wall. Begin at the middle if the room is poorly out of square or when you have select ceramic tile having a pattern or design. You'll have to cut tiles all along all four walls, also all the cut tiles would be of same size. Start at one wall only if adjoining walls meet at an exact 90 degree angle. Then you may only have to cut tile on two walls. Arrange your tiling which means you won't ever have to walk on recently laid tiles

 

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Cutting ceramic tile floor

Mark a cutting line having a pencil. For 90 degree marks, use a square. Angles are usually transferred from your guide, also unequal shapes are usually transferred using a contour gauge. Cut as the crow flies lines using a snap cutter, or, if in case you have a lot of cutting to accomplish, think about renting a wet saw using a diamond blade. Certain, terra-cotta, cement-body, and some porcelain tiles ought to be cut only with a wet saw. Use a nibbling tool for cutting curves or small cuts. For interior cuts, initially drill a hole having a masonry bit, whereas enlarge the hole using a rod saw.

 

 

 

 

Ceramic tile floor tips.

Prior to beginning, open all tile boxes to test for uniform color. First do a dry run prior to begin setting tiles into thin set. The dry run will keep the quantity of cut tiles to a bare minimum and can prepare you for the unexpected. For most tile, always use gray thin set mortar with a liquid latex additive. For glass tile, marble, or other transparent tile, use white thin set mortar. Mix only as often as you can use in about 30 minutes. Maintain even sized grout joints by utilizing tile spacers, remove these spacers the moment the mortar begins to dry. When your done installing all the ceramic tiles, get rid of the spacers, clean up surplus mortar, and permit the ceramic tiles to set for a minimum of 12 hours before walking on the floor. Prepare grout by adding water in moderation to dry powered grout, mixing a tiny quantity at a time. Make sure all particles are thoroughly moistened and there are no lumps.

 

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 Laying out ceramic tile floors.

1. Start with spreading the mortar on your floor using a trowel that has notches keeping your notch trowel at slight angle.

 

 

2. Next you will install your first ceramic tile on your lines you install earlier. Lay your tile in the mortar without sliding it, then lay several more ceramic tile pressing lightly on the tile then put plastic spacers at each corner to keep the same grout line. When you finish laying a few ceramic tiles check to see if any tile are sticking up and not even. Always look to make sure you have no tiles sticking up. Keep your tile on a even plan

 

 

 

3. After you have laid all your ceramic tiles now it is time to do some cutting. Put a tile next to the wall standing up and then lay another tile flat up to that tile then measure. Next use your tile cutter and start cutting your tile.

 

 

 

4. Pour a small amount of grout on the floor at a time. Holding your grout float almost flat, use sweeping backwards and forwards strokes in two or more directions to push the grout into the joints. With your float almost straight up you will be able to clean excess grout off your tile. Make sure you drag the float at a diagonally so it will not damage the grout in the grout lines.

 

 5. Before the grout dries, next lightly wipe your ceramic tile floor with a damp clean sponge, rinse often with clean water using a round motion. Let it dry until a haze appears them you can polish the ceramic floor tiles with a soft cloth.

 

6. For tile floor installation use a wet saw it makes the job look very easy. Great job on installing your ceramic tile floor.

 

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