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Installing wall tile


Installing tile is not difficult, but it can be time-consuming. Because of this, be sure to read the container label on your adhesive to find out what its open time” is. This refers to how long the material can be exposed to the air be fore it starts to dry out and won’t hold the tile. The best approach is to start by applying the adhesive to a small area—for example a 2 x 2-ft. square noting how long it takes you to get the tile in place. If you are well within the open time limitations, enlarge your working area for the next stage.
 

Step 1. Establish a level baseline near the bottom of the wall using your layout lines as a guide. You can either snap a chalk line or use a 4-ft. level (as shown here) and mark a line from one end of the wall to the other.

 

Step 2. Adhesive is formulated to prevent tiles from sagging while it dries. But it’s a good idea to support the bottom row of tiles anyway. You can screw a straight board to the wall and place the tiles on the top edge of the board. Or, you can drive two drywall nails for each tile in the wall, as we show here.

 

Step 3. Use a notched trowel to apply the tile adhesive to the wall. The adhesive packaging will explain how deep the trowel notches should be. A typical recommendation is 3/l6 in. Cover a wall area no bigger than what can be comfortably completed before the adhesive dries.

 

Step 4. Gently push each tile into the adhesive, twisting it slightly to ensure complete contact. Note how the first course rests on pairs of drywall nails.

 

 

 

 

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