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Lay wall tile

It is essential to know how to lay tiling when you want to redo a kitchen, a bathroom or a shower. First of all, it is good to know how to cut tiles, by hand or machine, because there is little chance that you "fall" on a number of tiles. The pose itself presents no difficulty. The method shown here illustrates the installation from a cleat fixed on a piece of wall. You can also go directly on the plinth.

Necessary material

  • Rule
  • Metre
  • Carbide scriber
  • Diamond blade saw for tiling
  • Tile cutter
  • Cordless drill
  • Bubble level
  • Parrot clip
  • Hammer
  • Rubber mallet
  • Notched spatula
  • Rubber squeegee
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • Floor tile
  • Glue and white seal
  • braces
  • Finishing rods for re-entrant angles and
  • outbound
  • Two cleats

Steps

  1. Prepare the pose
  2. Ask the first line
  3. Make a straight cut
  4. Drill a tile
  5. Laying the finishing sticks
  6. grout

Prepare the pose

Wall preparation

Wall preparation

1. Before you start tiling, we advise you to install cleats in order to obtain a perfectly horizontal base.

Tracing of the marks for the installation of the clusters

Tracing of the marks for the installation of the clusters

2. Measure the height of a tile, add two times the thickness of a joint and then use the ruler and bubble level to draw a line on all walls to be tiled.

Drilling and fixing the cleats on the marks

Drilling and fixing the cleats on the marks

3. Align your cleats on this line, drill directly through and then fix them with dowels adapted to the nature of your walls.

Cleats laid

Cleats laid

4. Your cleats are laid, you can start laying your tiles.

Ask the first line

Laying glue with a trowel on the surface to be glued

Laying glue with a trowel on the surface to be glued

1. Before connecting, replace the hood in its final location. Then, run the cable through the hole and into the notch.

Using the comb for a regular thickness

Using the comb for a regular thickness

2. To have a regular glue thickness, use the comb. This will facilitate the pose.

Laying the first tile

Laying the first tile

3. Now put the tiles in your first horizontal row. You have to press their base on the cleat before folding them on the wall. Press firmly and correct if necessary. If necessary, help yourself with the rubber mallet.

Adjustment of the pose

Adjustment of the pose

4. Continue by repeating the same steps: laying the tile, adjusting, without forgetting to position the braces.

Make a straight cut

Straight cut

Straight cut

1. Once at the end of your first row, you will likely have to make a straight cut.

Measure the dimensions and put them on the tile

Measure the dimensions and put them on the tile

2. Measure the dimensions and refer to the tile to be cut, not to mention to subtract twice the thickness of a joint.

Cutting with tile cutters

Cutting with tile cutters

3. Make your cuts using the tile cutter. The handling is simple: make a single pass of the wheel by pressing firmly, always forward. Then break the tile with the moving part of the lever.

Laying the cut tile

Laying the cut tile

4. Place the tile, cut against the wall, not forgetting the braces. Continue the pose.

Make a cut by nibbling

Tracing of cutting edges

Tracing of cutting edges

1. To tidy around water inlets, you must make a cut called "nibbling". Present the tile concerned on its future location and trace the contour to be cut in pencil.

Clipping and gridding at the scribe

Clipping and gridding at the scribe

2. Using a scribing tip, cut out and crisscross the cutting area to facilitate the operation.

Parrot clip cutting

Parrot clip cutting

3. Nibble the plot using the parrot clip. Do the same for the second water supply. Once your tile is cut, put it down.

Finish the pose of the top

Finish the pose of the top

4. Finish your pose by going up to cover the whole area above the cleats.

Remove the cleats and finish the bottom line

Remove the cleats and finish the bottom line

5. Then all you have left is the bottom line to tile. Unscrew the cleats, glue the wall and lay as before.

Drill a tile

Tiling around a drain pipe

Tiling around a drain pipe

1. To tile around the drain pipe at the bottom, you need a scroll saw. Take the cutting dimensions, place them on the tile and trace the cutting contours.

Cutting outside a path

Cutting outside a path

2. Plan to cut out the plot, this will give you a slightly larger cutout in which the pipe will have no trouble passing.

Cutting on a flat surface

Cutting on a flat surface

3. To avoid breakage and work steadily, place your tile on a flat surface or use a workbench.

Drilling with a trephine

Drilling with a trephine

4. Take your saw, remove the blade and drill with the drill bit. Once the hole is made, replace the blade by leaving it inside the hole and cut while following the outline. When cutting is complete, disengage the saw by removing the blade.

Installing the pierced tile

Installing the pierced tile

5. Lay your tile and finish the line.

Laying the finishing sticks

Preparation of the angle for finishing rod

Preparation of the angle for finishing rod

1. In the case of an outgoing angle, you will need to install a suitable finishing rod.

Gluing the wall, laying the rod and tiles

Gluing the wall, laying the rod and tiles

2. After gluing the wall, place the corresponding rod on the corner and simply lay your tiles on its sole.

Set of chopsticks for re-entrant angle

Set of chopsticks for re-entrant angle

3. Repeat for a re-entrant angle using the specific chopsticks and til the rest of your surface in the same way.

grout

Remove braces and drying

Remove braces and drying

1. Remove the braces and wait for a minimum of 24 hours before making the joints.

Filling the joints

Filling the joints

2. Spread your mortar with a trowel and then with a rubber squeegee. Move back and forth to fill the joints.

Cleaning the tiles with sponge

Cleaning the tiles with sponge

3. Repeat the same movements on the chopsticks and finish by cleaning the tiles with a damp sponge.

(photos / visuals: © Castorama, except special mention)

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