Combine an adventurous spirit with a careful, methodical approach and even an amateur can achieve success installing ceramic tile.
A notched trowel is an essential tool hen installing ceramic tile.
PHOTO: AL CLAYTON
Press sharply on the handle tile along scribed line.
Other essential tools include a straight edge, a compass, an erasable pen, and nibblers.
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.
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
Pivot the handle to lower the wings onto the tile on each side of the line.
Use the compass to draw curves and arcs.
Holding the tool square, nibble away small bites until you reach the line.