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The Evesham Handymans Guide to Tiling on Walls

Eveshams number one handyman service publishes a guide on how to properly tile onto walls. Eveshams handyman serves evesham, Worcestershire & the surrounding area with a painting decorating & maintenance service that is second to none

 
PRLog - Mar. 21, 2012 - tips and techniques for installing wall tiles by GH From http://evesham-handyman.co.uk/

the evesham handyman offers paining, decorating Fencing  Tiling  Painting Decorating  Gardening
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Complete Bathroom & Kitchen installs
& handyman services to Evesham worcestershire and surouding villages Abberton, Abbots Morton, Arrow, Ashton under Hill, Badsey,Beckford, Bidford-on-Avon, Birlingham, Bishampton,Broadway
Broom, Charlton, Childswickham, Church Lench, Cleeve Prior,Conderton, Cropthorne, Drakes Broughton, Dumbleton,
Ebrington, Eckington, Elmley Castle, Fladbury, Flyford Flavel, Great Comberton, Kemerton.

Visit: http://evesham-handyman.co.uk


How to tile walls


You will need:

Spirit level

Tape measure

Chinagraph pencil

Tile saw

Waterproof adhesive/grout

Sponge

Squeegee

Tile cutting jig

Timber battens

Masonry nails

Hammer

Plumb line

Tile spacers

Dry cloth


Time to complete job: This is an easy weekend job, including grouting and drying time.

Planning
You can find out how many tiles you need by measuring the length and width of the area to be tiled, multiplying the two numbers together and dividing this figure by the area of a single tile (e.g. a 10 x 10cm tile has an area of 100cm) to give the number of tiles you need.

Allow an extra 10 percent for cutting and wastage and don't forget to make adjustments to allow for doors and windows.

For professional advice, consult the evesham handyman http://evesham-handyman.co.uk


Step 1:
Making a tile guideFirst make up a tile gauge from a piece of 25x50mm (1x2in) batten. Lay the tiles and spacers along the edge of the wood and mark the positions of the tile joints on the timber. You can now hold this 'gauge' against the wall, upright and across the surface, to plan the tile positions.

Nail a timber batten as a guide along the bottom of the wall. Don't hammer the nails fully home - leave at least 25mm (1in) of the nail protruding so they can be removed easily. Check the batten is straight with a spirit level.

Hold a plumb line against the wall to mark the position of the left hand edge of the tile area. Now use the tile gauge to check where the last complete rows of tiles will fall. Adjust the position of the vertical plumb line to avoid any narrow slivers of tile at each end of the wall.

Nail a batten along the left hand plumb line as a guide. Ensure it's straight with a spirit level.

Tip: Lots of cut tiles around a window will make a wall look messy. If you have to tile around a window, use the tile gauge to try and make sure any cuts are made in less conspicuous areas.
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Step 2:
Applying the adhesiveWork outwards and upwards from the corner formed by the two battens. Use a notched spreader to apply the adhesive or grout in even ribbons over about half a square metre of the wall.

Use waterproof adhesives around showers and baths and a flexible adhesive for surfaces which may move a little, such as plywood panelling around a bath.

Tip: Thoroughly clean the wall surface that is going to be tiled. If necessary, use a suitable detergent and let the wall dry completely before starting.
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Step 3:
Placing the tilesNow it's time to put the whole tiles onto the wall - any tiles you have to cut will be put on after these. Place the tiles onto the adhesive and use small sliding movements to position each tile in the correct position.

Fix the first tile against the horizontal batten at the bottom. Take the second tile and fix it next to the first, allowing a gap for grouting. If the tiles do not have lugs, use matchsticks or plastic spacers to maintain the gap.

Finish the first row and then fix a second row above the first, taking care to space them evenly and level with the next. Make sure each tile is both flat relative to the wall and relative to the previous tile. The ridges in your adhesive will let you move the tiles around to get the same level.
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Step 4:
Tiling the wallYou now have a solid foundation from which to continue your tiling around the room. Continue tiling across the wall, working in half metre square sections so that the adhesive doesn't dry out before the tiles are fixed. Use plastic spacers to keep the joints even and hold a spirit level across the tiles to check the surface is level.

When tiling above a window or basin fix a temporary batten to support the first whole row above the item rather than fixing the cut tiles first. It is a lot easier to cut these tiles into place when the surrounding whole tiles have been fixed and are set.

Above a window, any cut tiles will have nothing underneath them to stop them slipping. Use masking tape to attach them to a previously fixed tile to hold them in place until the adhesive dries.
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Step 5:
Cutting tiles to fitNow remove the timber battens and fill in the areas that need cut tiles. A tile cutting jig scores the tile and breaks it neatly to from straight cuts. Use a tile saw to form curved or shaped cuts. Hold the tile upright in a portable workbench to keep it steady as you cut.

Tip: If you plan to tackle more than one wall, it may be worth hiring or buying an electric tile cutter that uses a water-cooled diamond disk.
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Step 6:
Grouting the jointsWhen all the tiles are fixed, wipe off any excess adhesive and leave to dry. Grout the joints with a squeegee, working small areas at a time to avoid it drying before it is in place.

Work the grout in every direction, pushing the grout into all of the joins. To smooth the grout in the joins, run a small piece of dowel over each join.
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Step 7:
FinishingUse a damp sponge to wipe off all the excess grout with a damp sponge before it sets. Once the surface is dry, polish with a dry cloth.
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For a free quotation & expert finish visit the evesham handyman at http://evesham-handyman.co.uk today

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the evesham handyman offers paining, decorating Fencing Tiling Painting Decorating Gardening
Decking Curtain Tracks Blinds Paths
Flatpack Erection Laminate Flooring
Complete Bathroom & Kitchen installs
& handyman services to Evesham worcestershire and surouding villages Abberton, Abbots Morton, Arrow, Ashton under Hill, Badsey,Beckford, Bidford-on-Avon, Birlingham, Bishampton,Broadway
Broom, Charlton, Childswickham, Church Lench, Cleeve Prior,Conderton, Cropthorne, Drakes Broughton, Dumbleton,
Ebrington, Eckington, Elmley Castle, Fladbury, Flyford Flavel, Great Comberton, Kemerton.

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