Installing Ceramic Tile

Combine an adventurous spirit with a careful, methodical approach and even an amateur can achieve success installing ceramic tile.



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A notched trowel is an essential tool hen installing ceramic tile.
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installing ceramic tile - tools for working with tile
Other essential tools include a straight edge, a compass, an erasable pen, and nibblers.
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installing ceramic tile - drawing a line
Use the straight edge to draw straight lines.
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installing ceramic tile - nibbling away small pieces of tile
Holding the tool square, nibble away small bites until you reach the line.
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installing ceramic tile - drawing an arc
Use the compass to draw curves and arcs.
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installing ceramic tile - tile in snap cutter
Set the tile against the ruled base of the snap cutter and hold it firmly. Pull the cutter across the tile, pressing down lightly to score the glaze.
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installing ceramic tile - snapping tile in half
Press sharply on the handle tile along scribed line.
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installing ceramic tile - wings on tile
Pivot the handle to lower the wings onto the tile on each side of the line.
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installing ceramic tile - grouting with a sponge
Grouting alternative: Apply with a sponge instead of a grout float. Press the grout firmly into the grout lines to remove all air bubbles. Clear the excess grout from the faces of the tiles with a grout float. Clean tiles with a damp sponge, rinsing to remove all grout.
BY CAROL PULITZER











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