by Sue Bond
(Romford, Essex, UK)
Okay, it’s time for a home improvement project, and you are determined to do it yourself. The room you’re working on is in real need of some beautiful tiles, so you’re primed and ready to make this weekend a perfect project weekend. The only question is, where do you begin?
Installing tile is a very rewarding experience for three reasons. First, you get to feel the pride of a job well done. Who doesn’t feel better about themselves after they’ve tackled a successful homeimprovement project?
As a homeowner, there are very few things that you can do which will instill you with a sense of pride like a successful home improvement project.
Secondly, it looks great when you’re finished! Nothing will add more to the luster of your bathroom or kitchen than beautiful stone or ceramic tiles. They’re very sturdy and it gives your home a warm, natural feeling like no other material can.
Finally, you’re making a small investment into the largest investment you’ll probably ever make, which is your home. By installing stone or ceramic tiles, you’re increasing the value of your home, and making an investment which will add value several times over the cost of putting in tile.
The only way you’ll ever get any project finished around the home is to create a detailed checklist of needed supplies and materials the project requires. This checklist should include any tools and rawmaterials, right down to the last nail and hammer that might be needed.
This list will save you time and money from starting and stopping the project to get the things you missed at the start.
** Quarter inch thick backsplash is required for installing tile over wooden floors. If you happen to have a concrete floor, you won’t need this.
It’s included first because the floor must be sturdy for tile, or the tile will be damaged from simply walking on it.
** Your chosen tile. This one is a no brainer.
** Setting adhesive that’s appropriate for your tile choice. You must be careful here. Getting the wrong adhesive will result in damaged tiles.
** Tile saw. You must have a way to cut your tile, and the only way to do it with satisfactory results is to use the tool made for the job. These can be expensive, so you may want to rent this from your local tool rental agency.
** Grout. You can choose to go with a white grout, or you can get coloring to go in it while mixing. The colors are available in a wide variety of colors, and you can have it custom mixed as well.
** Trowels. You will be using the trowels that have notches in them. They’re made especially for applying tile adhesive.
** A heavy duty drill with mixing attachment. You’ll need a good drill to do the mixing of the grout. Don’t forget the mixing attachment, because it’s a real job to mix grout by hand.
** Rubber grout float. This piece of very essential equipment is used to spread the grout down into the grooves, where the grout is supposed to be.
** Miscellaneous supplies such as tile spacers, tape measure, a chalk line, buckets, sponges, gloves, goggles and of course the clothing you’re willing to ruin during the project.
Laying your own tile is a very satisfying experience, and not nearly as difficult as you might imagine.
If you’ve ever put a puzzle together, and enjoyed it, you’ll relish the memory of installing floor or wall tiles for the very first time.
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