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Define your tiling project

Before rolling up your sleeves and beginning your tiling work, it is better to prepare to determine your needs and plan everything you need. To guide you in your project, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to define and plan it to leave nothing to chance!

Step 1: Define required skills

Relatively simple, tiling does not require a lot of experience or know-how. It is nevertheless necessary to show method and especially patience to ask one by one all your tiles.
Small areas and basic laying plans are accessible to all DIYers.
On the other hand, if you want to tile tight spaces, large volumes, or for a complex and graphic laying plan, it is better to let the professionals do it.

Step 2: Define the construction time and the necessary labor

Laborious and long, laying the tiles depends primarily on the type of tiles chosen. The smaller they are, the more time it will take.
Between the preparation of the floor, (if necessary the patching, which alone can take you between 24 and 48 hours), the laying of the tiles and the join, count a good weekend to tile the ground or the walls of a medium size room.
One or two people will be enough to tile a normal sized room.

Step 3: When to begin your project

It is quite conceivable to start this type of work at any season.

Step 4: Define the necessary tools

Whatever the type of tile, it is necessary to provide some basic tools such as: a notched trowel, joint braces (which can be replaced by matches), wooden battens, corner sticks, a tile, a spirit level, a trowel, a hammer or mallet, a bucket, a sponge, rags.

Step 5: Define and choose the necessary products and materials

Sandstone, ceramic, glass, mosaic, faience, marble, granite... or terracotta, diversity is not lacking in tiling.
When choosing, it will take into account the strength of the material depending on the passage but also the sunshine where you put your tiles.

Step 6: estimate the budget

Count about fifty euros for the purchase of basic equipment.
As for tiles, the price per square meter varies depending on the model chosen.

Step 7: where to start?

Before you start, it is best to document yourself. You will find on the net DIY cards that will guide you step by step in your project:
Remove an old tile.
Prepare the surface before tiling.
Define his pose plan.
Glue the floor and glue the tiles.
Repair a broken tile.

Step 8: The pitfalls to avoid

Be careful not to start your tile in the wrong place, at the risk of walking on your mortar.
Be careful not to choose a tile that is too fragile and too messy.
For wet rooms (bathrooms), take care to choose a tile with a sufficiently high slip index to avoid falls.

Video Instruction: How to Lay Out Floor Tile (Where to Place the First Tile)