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Setting Tile - Create a Beautiful Custom Kitchen or Bathroom

with JJ Burkart

This video demonstrates DIY, or Do it Yourself, setting tile. So you can create a beautiful custom kitchen or bathroom, by setting your own tile, to fit your own style, all by yourself.

Transcript: Setting Tile - Create a Beautiful Custom Kitchen or Bathroom

Hi, I'm J.J. Burkart for About.com Home. I'm going to show you how to set your tile.

Supplies for Setting Tile


Let's start with supplies. You will need:
  1. 5-Gallon bucket
  2. Square-notched trowel
  3. Bag of mortar
  4. Hoe
  5. Clean, clear water
  6. Dust mask


Mixing the Mortar for Tile Setting


Start by mixing a small batch of mortar. The proportions are listed on the back of the bag. Mix a small amount so that it doesn't dry and set before you have time to apply it.

Pour the pre-measured amount of mortar into a large, flat mixing tray. Now pour the appropriate amount of water

Preparing your Surface for Tile Setting


Take the hoe and work it back and forth through the mortar. Make sure to work out all of the clumps and mix in all of the dry material. The mortar should slide slowly off the hoe. If it is too watery, be sure to mix in more powder. It is very important to have the proper consistency for your mortar.

Setting the Tile


Scoop some mortar onto the trowel. Spread the mortar evenly across the cement board or backer board.
Take the notched edge of the trowel and slide it across the cement board while holding it at a steep angle. This ensures an even distribution of mortar. The lines in the mortar should stand up. If the lines dissolve the mortar is likely too watery.

Now place the tile and press it firmly into the mortar.

In this example I am laying mosaic tiles so I need to press each individual tile firmly onto the mortar. Larger tiles will be easier to set.

Insert spacers between the tiles to allow for consistent grout line spacing. Repeat this process until your wall or floor is covered.
Allow the mortar to dry and set for at least 12 hours. Thanks for watching. To learn more visit us on the web at Homegarden.About.com.

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