The process of installing ceramic tiles can seem daunting but it is actually a relatively simple process that you will be able to master. By using right tools such as the tile cutter and a few important tips and tricks, you will be able to handle the installation of ceramic tiles within no time.
Tackle Wall Niches and Other Openings
You will need to start by measuring the dimensions of the area that you will be working on when tiling a wall that has a built in niche. You can then find the center of your layout and mark it using a chalk. Lay your tiles by using that central point as your reference point.
Make the Trim Tile Stand Out
In case you are using the trim tile for your back plash or wall in your bathroom, you will need it to be raised much higher that the field tile that sits next to it. In case it does not, you will need to cut a strip of backer board that the size of your trim.
Rent a Wet Saw
There are two methods you can cut the ceramic tile. First, you can always use a tile cutter that is very easy to use and inexpensive. In case you are just tiling a floor, you do not have to cut any tile, that is all you will need.
In case you are tiling a shower or other space with corners, pipes, faucet or handles, you will need to use a wet saw. However, you might not have to purchase one. Most of the home improvement centers will allow you to rent the best wet tile saw that will enable you to save money and still enable you to complete your projects.
Cut Holes using this trick
Here is the trick that will take a little patience but will work quite well and does not require you to use a tile cutter. Draw a hole on the tile using a grease pencil or marker and use a ¼ inch masonry bit to drill a number of holes that are closely spaced around the circle.
Use a hammer to lightly tap the tile on the rings when you are done. Tap inside the ring and it will break free and leave you with a hole.
Avoid Feeling Cornered
Tiling around the corners does not have to be hard. In case you are handy with an electronic tile cutter equipped with a platform that will enable you to make mitered cuts you can do it. Tiling around the corners is never hard.
The above tips can help you especially when you are tackling a ceramic tile project. Just plan your design, read, and follow all the directions on the products. Your ceramic tile project will provide you with many years of happiness and inspiration.