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Though I’ve never had the occasion to try it, many of my friends have saved a ton by laying their own tile.  Ray, my blacksmith friend who joined us in Tool Talk Podcast #3, for example, finished out most of an extension to his house in tile, all of which he installed himself.  If you’d like to give it a shot, check out this how-to from DoItYourself.com which leads you through the whole process with animations.

How To Lay Tile [DoItYourself.com]

 

2 Responses to How To Lay Tile

  1. Aaron says:

    Those instructions are for Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) – not Ceramic!!

  2. Fong says:

    I was about to comment that all the prep work for laying out ceramic tiles would be the same but there seems to be differing aesthetic philosophies as where to start from.

    My starting point depends on if it’s a single room or multiple room/hallway area. I like to line up the first row with whole tiles along at least one wall of the hallway unless the opposite wall tile in the hall is too narrow (less than 1/2 a tile). Single rooms, I tend to put the first row of full tiles at the entrance of the room.

    Laying tile is not difficult and a 15 minute Home Depot Tutorial is all you’ll really need to save some money. Just keep in mind that it’s much more physically taxing than it looks and a good set of knee pads that don’t dig into the back of your leg is a must.

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