How To Lay A Tile Floor On Concrete #DIY #Homeimprovement

How To Lay A Tile Floor On Concrete #DIY #Homeimprovement


– [Narrator] We’ve
removed laminate flooring, and now we want to install
tile into our new kitchen. Here are the steps
we’ll take in doing that and here is the list
of tools you will need. So, we need to find our
midway line of our room by measuring on both
sides of the longest wall. The first goal of the midway line is to find how square our room is. The second goal of our
midway line is to also avoid having non-matching cut pieces
on each end of the room. Mark the midway line
and snap a chalk line. This blue mark is our midway line. We now check our highest
point in the entire room, and we’ll start there. The reason being is we
can always build tiles up using thin-set, but cannot
make a tile go down. Lay a single row of tiles in
both directions without mortar, including spacers starting
at the midway point. Stop when there’s not
enough room for a full tile. If the space at each end of either row is smaller than 1/3 of a tile, adjust your midway line so
that each are half of a tile. Now we are ready to start laying our tile. But wait, let’s back up a bit. We need to show you how to mix the mortar. This is thin-set mortar, and the bonding agent we are using to attach tile to our concrete subfloor. Using a bucket, and a
drill with a mixing paddle, mix until the mortar is the consistency of thick peanut butter. Flooring trowels have both a
smooth edge and a notched edge. We are using a three inch
toothed flooring trowel, appropriate for a 16-inch tile. Comb the thin-set evenly using the notched side of the trowel. Avoid circular and swirling
patterns, and set your tile. Use a small, thin trowel to remove excess on the edges of your tile and of course keep the face clean with
a sponge if necessary. We constantly check for level and that we are flush
with our previous piece. Again, do you notice our blue level? This is our midway line and our guide or straight edge for half
of the room’s install. These are our spacers. We are going with the
smallest grout line possible, 1/16 of an inch. You can use tape if your tile is wanting to slip away
from the previous piece. Some people push with
their hands or the level, but a rubber mallet is very helpful to adjust how high your
tile sits on the thin-set. Once we have three to four
tiles set on our midway point, we can now slide down our straight edge. Double check often that
your lines are straight. If you find an alignment
issue with the tiles while the mortar is still wet, you can straighten them before continuing. Now that we have made it to the wall, we will need to make cuts. One way to measure a cut is to simply place the tile and trace it. For this one we will
need to measure the notch around the door jamb. A wet saw can be daunting, but it is relatively safe and easy to use. Always wear eye protection, and measure twice before cutting. Adjust your tile along the fence so that the marked line
lines up with the blade. Cut slowly to avoid chipping the tile. You might need to use a
grinder to make smaller cuts. Or to to remove any burrs, such as these. Never dive into a piece, but rather take your time and cut slowly. Make sure to be gentle with
the notched cut pieces, they are fragile. You might need to cut the door casing to fit your tile underneath, and make sure your cut is square. We continue to check that our pieces are flush, level and square as we go, and we finish our cuts along this wall. Here is our original midway line laid with our straightedge. Now it’s simply about finishing
the other half of the room, exactly the same way we have done. And now for the grout, remove
all of your tile spacers. Your grout should be the consistency of mayonnaise or pudding. Spread grout in sweeping arcs with the rubber grout float
held at a shallow angle. Focus on small four by four section, remove the excess grout
with the grout float. The cement grout will set
in about five to 15 minutes and have a putty-like consistency. As soon as you’re
complete with one section, take a damp sponge and make
a pass cleaning the tile. Remove any remaining haze by using an old T-shirt or cheesecloth. And we’re done. For more videos in this series, go to bestonlinecabinets.com.

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