Ultimate Guide to Ceramic & Stone Tile: Select, Install, Maintain

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Everything a do-it-yourselfer needs to know about tiling floors, walls, counters, patios, and more can be found in Ultimate Guide to Ceramic & Stone Tile. Design and planning information helps readers prepare the site and select the right tile–ceramic, stone, vinyl, glass, and more. Chapters on tools and materials feature how-to photo sequences so even novices can tackle tile projects successfully. The emphasis is on solid, durable installations that can stand up to years of use in kitchens, baths, and other ...

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Overview

Everything a do-it-yourselfer needs to know about tiling floors, walls, counters, patios, and more can be found in Ultimate Guide to Ceramic & Stone Tile. Design and planning information helps readers prepare the site and select the right tile–ceramic, stone, vinyl, glass, and more. Chapters on tools and materials feature how-to photo sequences so even novices can tackle tile projects successfully. The emphasis is on solid, durable installations that can stand up to years of use in kitchens, baths, and other areas. The book also covers exterior applications, and includes a practical and complete guide to repairing and maintaining existing tile.

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Tiling is an unforgiving medium, but with a little help, you can tile just about any surface. This visual delight of a book, part of the "Ultimate Guide" series, takes readers by the hand through various tiling projects. It covers everything from countertops to bathroom fixtures and includes some more eclectic projects, like fountains and range hoods. There are inspiring photos of finished projects and galleries of design ideas that you might expect from more highbrow interior design publications. This is a good, basic manual on tile installation, though not as detailed as John Ripley's Ceramic and Stone Tiling. Recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580112970
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: Ultimate Guide
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide to Ceramic & Stone Tile

Table of Contents

 

Introduction...8

Chapter 1

TILE BASICS...10

A Short History of Tile...12

Firing Tile

• Glazing Tile

• Modern Tile

Tile Characteristics...14

• Firing & Glazes

• Water Absorption

• Tile Selection

Tile Sizes & Shapes...16

• Single Tiles

• Sheet-Mounted Tiles

• Pregrouted Tile Panels

Trim & Specialty Tile...17

Ceramic Tile...18

Porcelain Tile...20

Stone Tile...22

Glass Tile...24

Terra-Cotta Tile...26

Decorative Tile Borders...28

Painted Tile...30

Mosaic Tile...32

Room Prep: Structure...34

Stripping Drywall

• Removing a Wall Stud

• Adding Studs & Braces

Room Prep: Baths...36

• Removing a Sink

• Removing a Toilet

• Sanitary Sills

Room Prep: Kitchens...38

• Installing Lights & Switches

• Removing Old Vinyl

• Tiling to Wood Trim

Patterns & Working Lines...40

• Basic Tile Patterns

• Establishing Working Lines

Chapter 2

TOOLS & MATERIALS...42

Layout & Prep Tools...44

Cutting Tools...45

• Cutting Irregular Shapes

Setting Tools & Materials...48

• Mixing & Spreading Adhesive

• Tile Spacers

• Embedding & Leveling Tiles

Finishing Tools...50

• Grout Tools

• Striking & Jointing Tools

Basic Materials...51

• Cement Backer Board

• Waterproof & Isolation Membranes

Mortar & Adhesives...53

• Thickset

• Thinset

• Portland Cement Mortars

• Dry-Set Mortars

• Latex-Portland Cement Mortars

• Organic Mastic Adhesives

• Epoxy-Based Mortars

Grouts & Sealers...54

• Grouts

• Sealers

Chapter 3

TILING FLOORS...56

Design Basics...58

• Size • Shape • Color • Texture • Pattern • Finish

Planning the Layout...62

Preparing the Floor...66

• New Construction

• Reinforcing the Subfloor

• Underlayment

• Tiling over Concrete

Installing Floor Tiles...72

• Cutting Partial Tiles

• Applying the Grout

• Tooling & Sealing Joints

Installing Slate Tile...78

• Preparing the Floor

• Install Underlayment

• Laying Out the Tile

Laying Slate Tile...80

• Grouting

• Sealing

Design Ideas: Floors...82

Chapter 4

TILING WALLS...86

Design & Layout...88

• Patterns & Unique Designs

• Cutting Tiles

• Planning for Materials

Preparing Walls for Tile...91

• Wall Strength

• Existing Wall Surfaces

• Walls in Wet Areas

• Patching Drywall

• Preparing & Repairing Plaster

• Repairing Outside Corners

Installing New Drywall...98

Installing Wall Tile...100

• Establishing Working Lines

• A Tiling Sequence

• Cutting Tiles

• Applying Adhesive

• Laying the Tile

• Finishing

Design Ideas: Walls...104

Chapter 5

TILING COUNTERTOPS...108

Planning the Layout...110

Preparing Countertops...112

• Strengthening Cabinets

• Strengthening Counters

• Counter Options

Making a Sink Cutout...114

Laying the Field Tiles...116

• Establishing Working Lines

• Laying the First Course

• Finishing the Field

Partial Tile & Edging...118

• Overlap Measurements

• Cutting Around a Sink

• Installing Edge Tiles

Installing a Backsplash...120

• Installing Backer Board

• Installing Plywood

• Installing Plywood & Backer Board

• Planning Backsplash Tile

Backsplash Design Options...122

• One Tile & Cap

• Multiple Rows & Cap

• Multiple Trim Strips

Finishing a Backsplash...124

• Applying the Grout

Installing a Mosaic Tile Vanity Top...126

• Mosaic Tile Layout

Design Ideas: Countertops...128

Chapter 6

TILING TUBS & SHOWERS...132

Preparing the Site...134

• Removing Old Tile

• Fixtures

Planning the Job...136

• Tiling a Shower Pan

• Closing off the Shower

• Designing the Enclosure

Installing Prefab Pans...138

• Framing Support

Installing a Mortar-Bed Floor...140

• Framing Details

• Flexible Membranes

• Drain Fixtures

Setting Tub & Shower Tile...142

• Greenboard & Backer Board

• Working Lines

• Applying Adhesive

• Installing Tile Supports

• Tiling Sequence

Installing Accessories...146

• Soap Dishes & Grab Bars

• Shower Seats

Framing & Tiling Tubs...150

• Floor Framing Support

• Platform Framing

• Tiling the Platform

• Forming Custom Tubs

Design Ideas: Tubs & Showers...152

Chapter 7

INDOOR PROJECTS...156

Fireplaces...158

• Selecting Materials

• Hearth Design

• Face-Wall Design

• Setting the Tiles

• Tiling a Face Wall

Woodstoves...162

• Basic Safety Considerations

• Reducing Clearances to Tile

 

Range Hoods...164

• Range-Hood Materials

• Hood Tile

• Hood Dimensions

• Tiling a Hood

Stairs...166

• Design Considerations

Design Ideas: Indoor Projects...168

Chapter 8

OUTDOOR PROJECTS...172

Tiling Existing Concrete...174

• Testing the Surface

• Preparing the Surface

Building a New Concrete Base...176

• Basic Slab Design

• Excavating the Site

• Forming the Slab

• Estimating Concrete Orders

• Finishing a Slab

• Laying the Tile

Tiling Entry Steps...182

Tile the Steps

Tiling a Pool Deck...183

Design Ideas: Outdoor Projects...184

Chapter 9

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE...188

Routine Cleaning...190

• Removing Common Stains

• Hard-Water Problems

Routine Maintenance...192

• Sealing Grout & Unglazed Tile

• Optional Waxing

Maintaining Tub Surrounds

Fixing Broken Tiles...196

• Dislodging Tiles

• Setting Replacement Tile

Fixing Trapped Tiles...198

Appendix: Tile Installation Specs...200

• Tile Floors Over Concrete Slabs

• Tile Floors Over Wood Subfloors

• Tile Floors Over Radiant Heat

• Tile Walls

• Tile Ceilings, Tub & Shower Walls, Countertops, and Tile-Over Tile

   Renovations

Resource Guide...212

Glossary...216

Index...218

Photo Credits...223

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