First timer Kitchen Tiler here...please help


Old 07-12-07, 11:59 AM
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First timer Kitchen Tiler here...please help

Actually Im not much with home improvement at all, but I'd like to start this summer. Kids are with granny all summer, so I have some spare time. I've attached some pics of a portion of my kitchen. I want to replace the tiling. What do I need to buy to replace. Any experienced onces out there? Thanks for any help!!!
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Old 07-12-07, 02:37 PM
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Well, lookey there, they glued that tile straight to wood. What a shame. and now you get to deal with the results. Tile and wood have dramatically different expansion and contraction rates. Consequently, gluing tile to wood gives you what you now have. You need some sort of medium between the two materials to compensate for that expansion and contraction difference. It also looks as if they used some sort of particle board instead of a good grade of plywood. I would suggest tearing the whole thing out and re-do it with a good grade plywood, concrete board, and then tile. The tile and concrete board expand and contract at the same rate so they remain adhered to each other. As to what to buy, many of the expensive tools, such as a tub saw, are available to rent. Get your layout done, determine what your cuts are, and then rent a saw for a day and cut like mad. Don't bother gluing that day, just cut 'till you're done. If you were planning to do this for a living or thought you might be doing it fairly often, I'd suggest investing in good hand tools. But, since you stated you're not much with home improvement, that's unlikely so just get the homeowner versions. They'll last long enough for what you need. A 1/4 inch square notch trowel, a framing square, a grout float, grout sponges, a drill with mixing paddle, buckets, a level, a rubber mallet, a hammer, and whatever you'll need to remove the counter top. There's stuff I've left out, but I'm sure you get the idea. It is not as daunting a task as it at first seems and the end result is very satisfying.
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