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Planning the layout for wall tiles (Page 2)


Ceramic tile is a great wall finish for damp or wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms. And itís a frequent choice for laundry rooms and mudrooms. When properly installed, itís impervious to water and provides another design texture that livens up just about any room. Even though tiling a wall can be time consuming, itís not difficult work. One big reason: adhesives that are formulated to hold the tiles in place while the adhesives are still wet. This means the tiles can be installed without sagging or coming loose while the adhesive dries.
 

Step 4. Join the level marks at both ends of the wall using a chalk line. Drive a small nail in both marks; then hang one end of the chalk line to one nail. Wrap the other end around the second nail, and pull it tight. Then snap the string in the middle to leave a clear line.

 

Step 5. Use your layout board to mark the tile increments on the chalk line. Then use a level to establish plumb marks at the top and bottom of the wall. The logical place to make this line is next to your layout marks.

 

Step 6. As you did with the horizontal guideline, drive nails through the plumb marks at the top and bottom of the wall. Then hang a chalk line on these nails and snap a clean line. Use the same process to establish other guidelines, you may need for trim pieces.

 

Step 7. Before starting to install the tile, mark the location on the floor of any important framing fixtures that are hidden behind the drywall. Examples are reinforcement blocks for grab bars, towel racks, or other specialized fixtures that you plan to hang on the finished wall.

 

 

 

 

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