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Easy Adhesive Techniques
Okay, it’s time to install your tile. Remember, before you get started, you want to make sure that your entire layout is straight and level. To keep things straight on your wall, it’s a good idea to use a ledger or batten board as a guide. This will support your starter tiles and prevent them from sagging. For floors and countertops, it’s always a good idea to dry fit the tiles before attaching them. This way, you can line everything up and make sure the tiles are straight and level before you make anything permanent. You can also take this opportunity to adjust the position of the tiles. Minimizing the number of cost you’ll have to make later. With everything ready to go, it’s time to lay your tiles.
As you set the tiles, some of the adhesive may ooze off around the edges. It’s a good idea to have a sponge and a bucket of clean water within reach to wipe this excess adhesive off the tile. The longer this adhesive has time to set up, the more time and elbow grease it will take to remove it later. If you are working in a confined area, it may be easier to trowel the adhesive on the back of each tile as you go rather than on the wall or floor. This is called back buttering. Here, again, you want the adhesive troweled on evenly and completely for a strong a bond. As you lay each tile, you can create uniform grout lines by inserting plastic spacers between the tiles. These spacers come in different sizes for different grout joint widths, typically, the larger the tile, the wider the grout line.
If you planned your tile layout in advance then you don’t have to worry about cutting real narrow tiles, not only do narrow pieces look unsightly, they can easily break in the cutting process. To determine the exact width of your cut, you can use a tape measure or set a full tile above or below the space and mark a line on the tile where you want to make a cut. A good tile cutting tool you can rent is a wet saw. These come with a carbide or diamond-tipped blade that makes cutting square cuts and inside corners easy. It is called a wet saw because it sprays water on the tile to keep it the cutting blade lubricated. If you need to drill a hole in the tile for a plumbing pipe, you can use a masonry pull saw. This have carbide tip and are attached to a power drill. The trick here is holding the drill and the tile steady as you make the hole. If you just need to make a little cut like removing the corner of a small tile to fit around the radiator, you can use a hand tool called a tile snip. Just make your mark and snip that corner right off. Whatever cutting tool you are using, be sure to wear appropriate eye protection and keep your fingers away from the cutting area.
After you are done cutting, place these pieces just as you would at any other tile. Once you’ve set all your tile, let the adhesive set up for about 24 hours before applying the grout. With your tiles finally in place, you’ll begin to see what a wonderful difference it makes in your room plus you can tell all your friends you did it yourself.
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