Tile might be put in over tile so long as the underlying tile is sound. Earlier than contemplating whether or not to put in tile over tile, examine the unique set up for cracks, unfastened tiles and water injury. If the underlying tile shouldn’t be secure, the tile that you just place over it should buckle, crack or fall off the wall over time. A standard downside going through installers of wall tiles is the tiles’ shifting downward beneath the power of gravity earlier than the adhesive units. That is normally brought on by not mixing your adhesive correctly. Carefully observe your producer’s directions to make sure correct mixing.InstructionsPrepping the Surface1. Clear the floor of the tile that you’re tiling over.2. Sand the floor of the tile to assist the adhesion of the brand new tile to this floor. Use a sander with 80-grit sandpaper to tough the floor of the tile.three. Sweep and clear the floor to take away any mud brought on by the sanding.Laying Out the Tile4. Discover the precise middle of the wall. To do that, use a measuring tape to search out the middle of every facet of the wall and draw a perpendicular line from the sting throughout the wall. On the intersection of this X and Y axis is your middle mark.5. On the base of the wall lay a row of unfastened tiles from the middle mark to the top of one of many partitions or set up space. Remember to insert two spacers in every tile so that you just get a correct format. You’ll more than likely not be capable to match the final tile between the sting of the wall and the row of tiles. That is positive; depart that one out for now.

6. Measure the space from the final full tile to the sting of the wall or set up space. Be aware this distance for later.7. Lay one other row of unfastened tiles from the middle of the wall in the wrong way.eight. Measure the space from the final full tile to the sting of the wall or set up space.9. Transfer the vertical middle line to separate the space between these two measurements. For instance, if the house on the left facet is eight inches and the house on the proper facet is four inches, transfer your line 2 inches to the left in order that there are 6 inches on all sides.10. Repeat this course of for the horizontal middle line. Nevertheless, since you are putting in wall tiles you will be unable to relaxation these on the ground such as you did for the vertical middle line.11. Place a tile on the middle mark and maintain it together with your hand.12. Put you tile spacer on prime of the tile and make a mark on prime of the tile spacer.13. Set the underside of a tile at this mark and repeat the method. Place a tile spacer and make a mark.14. Measure the space from the final full tile to the highest of the wall. Mark this distance for later use.15. Repeat the identical course of towards the underside of the wall from the middle mark.16. Cut up the distinction between the 2 measurements and modify the middle line as mandatory. The intersection between these two adjusted strains is your tiling middle mark. This splits the wall into 4 quarters. You’ll tile these quarters one by one originating from the middle mark.Getting ready the Thinset17. Pour half the producer’s really helpful quantity of water into the 5-gallon bucket.18. Empty half of the bag of thinset into the bucket.19. Along with your grinder/excessive powered drill set at a low velocity, with the mixer connected, mix the water and thinset.20. Add the remaining water and thinset in small batches whereas mixing, till you will have added the entire water and thinset.21. After mixing totally, permit the thinset to sit down for 15 minutes in order that the adhesives inside it will possibly totally incorporate.Laying the Tile22. Scoop a portion of thinset out of your bucket with the half-inch trowel.23. Begin at your middle mark and unfold the thinset throughout the previous tiles. Tilt the trowel at a 30-degree angle and unfold the thinset in giant half-arc strokes. The sting of the trowel mustn’t drag alongside the tile under, however ought to press the thinset in opposition to the underlying ground.24. Unfold a number of sq. toes of thinset out. Don’t cowl the entire ground.25. Place one tile at your middle mark, within the nook of the quarter of the wall that you’re beginning with. Don’t press the tile down into the thinset, however give it a delicate, even press in order that it bonds to the thinset.26. Place a tile subsequent to that one and insert two tile spacers between them. Place the tile shut sufficient that you just don’t have to shift the tile excessively to be able to be flush in opposition to the spacers.27. Proceed this strategy of spreading small patches of thinset, setting tiles and inserting two spacers.

28. Reduce tiles that may butt in opposition to the wall or different obstructions with the moist noticed. Bear in mind when measuring these areas to account for the space that your joint (and spacers) will occupy within the space. The joint is the world between your tiles that the grout will occupy.29. Proceed across the room, finishing the quarters marked out by your middle line marks.30. When completed, permit tile to set for 48 hours, until you used a quickset thinset, wherein case discuss with the producer’s curing time.Grouting the Wall31. Combine the grout in accordance with the producer’s directions.32. Scoop a cup-sized portion of grout with the padded grout float.33. Begin grouting from a nook of the room that may mean you can work towards the door. It will stop you from being trapped within the room and having to stroll over the grout.34. Unfold the grout in a diagonal route to the joint. Maintain the float at a 30-degree angle and be cautious of gaps in your protection.35. Use a moist grout sponge to wipe up any extra grout in a diagonal route to the joint. It doesn’t matter which diagonal route you clear the grout off in, simply don’t run the sponge straight down the grout joints but. Rinse the sponge typically and be sure to adequately take away any grout on the floor of the tile.36. Wipe the grout sponge alongside the joints to recess and form the grout inside the joint.37. Permit the grout to dry in accordance with producer’s specs.

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