diy.ie
diy.ie
Home
About Us
Contact Us
Advertise
Hints & Tips
 | 
Ask The Doctor
 | 
Competitions
 | 
Newsletter
 | 
Links


House hard to heat?
Suffer from Mould, Mildew or bad condensation?
Suffer from Rust, Corrosion?
for all your DIY needs!
Hints and Tips
Tiling The Basics
To be guaranteed a successful tiling project the GOLDEN RULE is in the preparation stage, time spent on this part of the project will pay dividends to the finished outcome. That is why so many DIY tiling projects end up in disaster poor preparation. But do not disperse help is at hand the DIY Doctor will now take you now through the step by step process of tiling.

A 31 pic tiler

Preparation

Firstly you must check that all tiling surfaces are straight and dry and smooth. Any type of hole must be filled and made smooth. If the area has only small imperfections they can be usually filled using tile adhesive or fillers. If the area has larger imperfections the entire wall may need to be re-plastered with a coat of skimming plaster. This will provide the wall with a smooth flat surface ideal for tiling.

Getting Started

Now having satisfied yourself that all necessary preparation work is now completed it is time to start setting out the wall for tiling. If your tiling project has a few different walls to be tiled, start by measuring each wall in order to determine the best point to start. If you follow this procedure you will be guaranteed to avoid any DIY disaster.

Always remember to have full tiles running along the top of the bath or below a window sill. Now fix a wooden batten to the wall and check same is level by means of spirit level. This batten will help to support the rows of tiles as they are been fixed to the wall. When you have allowed sufficient time for the adhesive to dry only then should the batten be removed.

Now measure and mark the centre of the wall, check in tile widths for all you centre points towards all corners internal external door frames, a nicely balanced uniformed tiling arrangement. Check this arrangement and readjust the rows of ties sideways or vertically if required.

Fixing the Tiles.

Always start tiling the main areas first with whole tiles, leave all narrow gaps and edges to be tackled later. This process will allow you to fix the tiles to very quickly.

Now it is time to start tiling spread the tile adhesive to the wall by means of the tile spreader or tiling trowel, using the flat edge of the tool. The tile spreader or tiling trowel will both have two edges one notched the other one a smooth edge. Now you can start spreading the adhesive to the wall using the smooth side of the spreader or trowel. Now with the notched side of the tool drag same through the adhesive in a horizontal movement as to form ridges in the tile adhesive at a constant depth. It is important to remember while spreading the adhesive to the wall surface, only cover approximately one metre (3ft) square and start tiling. Press all tiles firmly into the adhesive to ensure it is fixed. Using plastic or metal spacers between each tile will form a true grout line between the tiles. Now spread more adhesive to the wall and continue this simple process until finished. Now remove all adhesive from the tile surface using a clean damp sponge and allow same to now set firmly.

Tiling the Gaps or Spaces.

Now you can start to measure the tiles against the gap or space to be filled. Remember always allow for a grout line when measuring the tiles required, now start cutting and fixing the tiles to the wall. (see above ) Care must be take when filling in these spaces as you may need to measure the tile required one at a time as normally these gap or spaces can very uneven.

Grouting the Tiles

You have now reached the final stage in the project grouting the tiles. Only after 24 hours after fixing any tiles may you start grouting. Using a sponge or rubber blade and apply firm pressure and even strokes work the grout into all joints. Remove all excess grout from the surface of the tiles before it dries, using a damp sponge. When the grout begins to dry you will see a powdery surface appear. Now it is time to polish the tiles using a dry cloth your DIY tiling project is now completed.

Important Note

Remember to allow time for the grout to properly harden, especially in a shower or bathroom area and before water is allowed to come in contact with the newly tiled surface. It is recommended to allow these areas approximately one week to dry before use.

More Info

For more information on this topic please return to tips categories and select from the sub-category menu.

We hope you find this information both helpful and educational with regard to tiling.

Thank you for your visit today we are constantly adding and updating our material so please visit with us again.
News
Hints & Tips
>>
>>
>>
Competitions


Need a Plumber? Find them fast with www.bustpipe.com


Greencarehome.com - First choice in the green marketplace
Hints & Tips
 | 
Ask The Doctor
 | 
Newsletter
 | 
Links