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How to cut tiles using a standard tile cutter.

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Laying ceramic tiles is not difficult. But its good to just to get som tips to do the job right. Here we show how to tile a shower wall. Good luck your DIY Tiling Project!

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Laying Carpet Tiles | Carpet Tiles Fitting Guide

One of the great advantages of using carpet tiles is the ease with which you can cut and lay them yourself – this means you can save on expensive fitting costs generally associated with other types of floor covering. You can also use contrasting or co-ordinating colours to build your own custom design or to highlight specific areas, such as walkways.

Some important things to remember before you start are:-

  1. Always use a new, sharp blade
  2. Allow tackifier adhesive to fully dry
  3. Always cut from the back of the tile

Proper tools are key to a professional finish. The tools you will need are a sharp utility knife, metal ruler or straight edge, chalk line, double-sided carpet tape or tackifier adhesive

Carpet tiles must be stored in the laying area for a minimum of 24 hours at the same temperature and humidity that will apply when the tiles are laid. This should be at least 18º C (65º F).

Floor surfaces should be clean, dry and free from dust and debris. All traces of old floor coverings should be completely removed prior to fitting. Ensure the floor is level as carpet tiles are designed to lay flat naturally. Where floors are particularly uneven a self levelling floor screed should be laid and allowed to fully dry, prior to installation taking place. Each tile has an arrow on the back indicating the direction of the pile – to achieve a broadloom (carpet) effect make sure the arrows on the rear of tiles all point the same direction. To achieve a chequerboard (chessboard) effect using all one colour then lay the tiles with the arrows on the back at right angles to each other (see below diagram).

Laying_Tile_Direction

Setting Out

1. Measure the distance between the opposite walls to obtain the centre and draw a line. Repeat this with the other walls
2. Check to ensure that you are not left with a very small strip against the wall or in a doorway. If necessary adjust the starting point slightly off centre
3. Lay double sided tape or Tackifier and allow to fully dry
4. Start laying the tiles at the centre as indicated in the diagram and work outwards. Lay all tiles which need no cutting before starting on those which need to be cut
5. Ensure that each tile butts up to its neighbour as tightly as possible. However, do not cause ‘peaks’ by joining the tiles too tightly
6. Ensure that no pile trapped between the tiles
7. Finally cut edge tiles to fit neatly to walls and skirting

Tile_Fitting_Guide_Diagram

 

General Maintenance

Appropriate care and maintenance is essential to appearance retention and longevity of the carpet tiles. Regular daily vacuuming is recommended. Spillages should be cleaned immediately with a damp cloth before allowing to dry. Stains can be removed by using a good quality purpose made carpet cleaner carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. Traffic paths may be avoided by periodically interchanging the tiles. Damaged tiles can be lifted and moved to a less noticeable area or simply replaced.

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Do it yourself cutting ceramic tiles

Measuring and marking the tiles

When cutting tiles, wear safety glasses as the ceramic surface can produce sharp splinters. The tiles around the edge of the main area will need to be cut, as will tiles to fit the contours of other items like washbasins and pipes.
There are several ways of cutting tiles.
When measuring tiles to be cut, remember to allow for the grout line between it and the next tile. Where walls are reaonably square, a quick way of measuring them is to hold it back to front, one edge against the wall, and mark it a grout line width from the adjacent whole tile.

Straight cuts in tiles

Use a tile cutter to score the surface along the cut line.
Hold a straight edge along the line to be cut and run the cutter along this. Then, holding the tile over a small wooden batten, snap the tile along this line.
Where the offcut is narrow, the snapping process will be very difficult. In this case, use a pair of pliers to gradually nibble away the offcut working slowly towards the scored line.

Tile cutters and saws

If you have several cuts to do, you may find a cutting jig easier. This consists of a cutting wheel mounted on a runner to score the surface, a bed on which there is an adjustable guide and also, usually, a system for snapping the tiles.
Measure the size of tile required.

Set the tile in the jig and adjust the guide to the appropriate measurement.
Score the tile surface by running the wheel along its guide.
Snap the tile using the lever.

At the top end of the range is a diamond wet saw. This is capable of accurate and efficient cutting.

How To Remove Wall Tiles

 

You will need:

  • Club hammer
  • Wide-bladed cold chisel
  • Scraper
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Heavy-duty riggers gloves
  • Old blankets or sheets
  • Rubble sacks
  • Plaster filler

Step One: Clean And Protect Nearby Surfaces Clear the room as far as possible and cover vulnerable surfaces such as expensive worktops with old blankets as chips of tile will scratch the surface.

Step Two: Remove The Tiles Starting at the edge of the tiling or along a grout line, hammer the cold chisel under the first tile, levering it upwards as you work. Work across the wall, levering off sections of tile and collecting the pieces into rubble sacks as you work. Make sure the floor is well protected, as small pieces of tile can be ground into the surface.

Step Three: Scrape Off The Old Grout And Adhesive Once all the tiles are removed, use a scraper or the chisel to chip off any remaining grout or old adhesive. If any plaster has become loose, chip this way and fill the hole with plaster filler. You many need to use two layers to build up the thickness. If you have stud walls the plasterboard wall can be damaged as you remove the tiles. It may be easier to lever remove the entire plasterboard panel(s) and replace with new board before redecorating.

Step Four: Replacing Single Tiles It’s possible to replace just a few cracked or chipped tiles. Drill three or four holes close together in a vertical line across the damaged tile and use a cold chisel and hammer to break it into pieces, working from the line of holes. Lever the loose pieces away from the wall and clean off any loose grout around the edges with the cold chisel or a craft knife. If any of the wall plaster has come away with the tile, fill the hole with a plaster filler and leave to set. Spread some tile adhesive onto the back of the new tile, press it into the gap and check it’s flush with the other tiles by holding a straight edge e.g. a timber batten, across the surface. Regrout around the tile with a squeegee or sponge and clean off the excess before it hardens.