Synopses & Reviews
As part of our comprehensive HomeSkills DIY series, HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile turns each of your bland surfaces into a blank canvas. To many homeowners, laying tile sounds like a recipe for stress, physical injury, artistic embarrassment, or all of the above. But we’ll let you in on a secret: with some basic knowledge and a little persistence, anyone can do it—and you’ll feel especially proud when you tally up the money you just saved by doing it yourself. With HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile, you’ll receive expert instruction in the fundamentals of tiling your living space. Through user-friendly project descriptions and vivid how-to photography, you’ll learn all the necessary tiling skills in a concise, accessible way: designing your layout and selecting the perfect tiles, handling and cutting them properly, working with grouts and adhesives, and putting the finishing touches on a confident installation. You’ll be able to tackle any surface, from floors and walls to countertops and backsplashes, and at any pace you prefer—take it easy and get it just right over time or blast away and transform an entire room in an afternoon. So set your hesitations aside. HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile is your one-stop DIY guide to the custom tile job you never thought you could pull off. Check out our five other HomeSkills guides on carpentry, deck building, landscaping, plumbing, and wiring.
With HomeSkills: Ceramic Tile, you’ll receive expert instruction in the fundamentals of tiling almost any surface in your living space, from floors and walls to countertops and backsplashes.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Tile BasicsBuy Tile & MaterialsFloor Tile Wall Tile Types of TileMaterials: Levelers & Resurfacers Materials: Tile Backer Materials: Tile MembranesMaterials: Tile Transition Strips Materials: Thinset Mortar Materials: Grout Tools for Removing Old Surfaces Tools for Repairing Substrates Tools for Installing Substrates Tools for Layout Tools for Cutting Tile Tools for Setting & Grouting Tile Cutting Tile Cutting Cementboard Tiling FloorsEvaluating & Preparing Floors Removing Floor Coverings Removing Underlayment Installing Underlayment Installing Ceramic Floor Tile Installing Ceramic Tile
on a Basement Floor Installing A Glass Mosaic Tile FloorInstalling A Shower Base
Tiling WallsEvaluating & Preparing Walls Removing Wall Surfaces Installing Cementboard on Walls Laying Out Wall TileInstalling Wall Tile Installing a Tile Tub Surround Tiling Countertops & BacksplashesTiling a Countertop Tiling a Backsplash Tiling OutdoorsTiling Steps Tiling a Patio ResourcesMetric Conversions Index