Doing your own tiling job? If you have patience and a great eye for detail, laying your own tile can be a manageable task, reducing the cost of your kitchen or bath redo. To help, Matt Muenster of the DIY Network offers the following tiling tips and tricks.
– Use spacers to keep everything spaced evenly.
– Apply all solid tiles before cutting the odd pieces.
– Order 10 percent more than you actually need.
– Start with a ledger board.
– Have a helper cut the tiles for you.
– Mark the cuts with a grease pencil.
– Use a diamond-tipped bit to drill holes in the tile.
– Let the tile dry for 24 hours before grouting.
– Lay out all the tiles before installing them.
– Apply sealer to the grout every six months.
– Measure the space you’re tiling accurately.
– Remember, preparation is 75 percent of the job.
– Always seal natural stone, like slate, before grouting.
Source: DIY Network