The last question can make the other two moot. If you have a good local
dealer with a good installer, he will sell you the best tile for your
situation and install it professionally. For jobs like this, you look for
the local pro, not Home Depot or Sears that will send out a low priced
William, do save yourself a ton -o- money and install yourself.
It's really very simple and satisfying to see the great results of your
own work and (free) labor.
1. ensure that you have the required thickness of plywood (support) on
2. ensure that you mark out & start with absolute perfectly straight
lines/angles/corner for your initial rows
3. employ patience and you'll have great results !
Ceramic is really very easy and very satisfying.
btw: if you're asking questions like these, you should get a book on tiling
which would answer this, and all of your other questions. you can find one
at the library, or in the bookshelves at home depot.
I have done tile in the past, but frankly, I wasn't entirely happy with
it. A kitchen floor must be right for sales reasons. But worse, my
back just won't take leaning over on all fours for more than 5 minutes.
I think that depends on the size of the project. My husband and I put
in our own ceramic tile, and it looks fantastic. However, we did two
connecting rooms at once in the same tile; the kitchen and sunroom,
for a total about about 330 sq ft. We had to pull up linoleum,
subflooring, and carpets and install backerboard first. I was just
about weeping in exhaustion by the time we finally finished the whole
thing. If we had only done the kitchen, about 100 sq ft, it probably
would have been a pleasure, and I wouldn't still be breaking out in
hives every time someone says the word "grout". We both agree that if
we ever have a tile project that size again, we will hire someone,
regardless of the cost... or else live with linoleum.
It was, indeed, "easy" in the sense that getting it right was really
not that challenging, but it was a LOT of work that seemed like it
would never, ever end.
how long is a piece of string?
you can't really tell without looking at more than the square area. how much
cutting do you have to do around the walls and obstacles, how level is the
slab, how good is the chalkline layout, any patterns or mosaics you doing,
borders, how much experience do you have, how meticulous you are, have a
helper to mix thinset/grout, etc, all affect the time.
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1. The basement is pretty square. I'll buy a wet saw to cut them, so
cutting is not a problem. It seems pretty level. But I did not measure
it, so not quite sure.
2. I'll probably just draw 2 cross lines from centers of each area/room,
and starts from there. If it did not align well, I don't care much - it
is just a basement.
3. No fancy stuff (diagnal, border, or anything.
4. I have little experience laying floor tiles - though I did 100+
of wall tiles in the kitchen (splash). I might do the storage room
first to gain experience - it will be over 200 tiles there.
5. I'll use a heavy duty hammer drill (Milwalkee) to mix the thinset
and grout, not sure if I can do it alone.
I'll mostly do things alone, although wife might help a little. I'll
try to avoid that as she is mostly a trouble maker rather than a
helper, when comes to the hard works.
Once we had the backerboard down and everything prepped (several
weekends worth of work, that was), I think the rest took us about a
month and a half: 2-3 weekends to layout, cut, space, mortar, and
level all the tile, 1 weekend to grout and scrub, grout and scrub, 1
weekend to seal, caulk, and install new baseboards. Had a few
weeknight sessions in there, as well.
That was two healthy but inexperienced people, and things did
definitely get faster and go more smoothly, the more we did. We had a
lot of cuts to make, but most of them were straight cuts. No border,
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