come in different shapes and sizes and can be purchased from your
tile supply store or local home improvement center. The two most
popular methods for using the spacers are shown above and below.
I prefer using
the method above, because it allows me to remove the spacers with
little effort after the thin set has dried. The method below will
require a small screw driver to remove the spacers.
Some tiles are
going to be easier to use than others and most ceramic tile cutters
are designed to cut ceramic tile only, not stone or other natural
Once you reach
the end of the tile, gently push down on the handle, evenly applying
pressure to each side of the tile, using the tile splitting
component of the tile cutter. The tile should split in half easily,
but if it doesn't, try using the method below.
This is another
part of the process that is intimidating for do-it-yourselfers, but
won't be after you've read this chapter. The key to grouting is
working in small manageable areas, before moving to the next
How Much Money
Can I Save Installing My Own Tile Floor?
the size of your floor, you could save thousands of dollars. I just
finished tiling a floor that was less than 200 square feet for
1,100.00 Dollars. That was labor only and the homeowner supplied
the materials. The floor required some difficult cuts and it took
me a while to figure out the correct layout, but once that was done,
the rest was downhill.
What If the Tile
Floor Has A Few Flaws?
you can or cannot live with these flaws and if you can't, remove the
irritating tiles and make the necessary adjustments. Don't forget,
that you could always throw a rug over the problem area or a piece
of furniture. Don't beat yourself up, everyone makes mistakes and
most of the mistakes you'll make when installing your tile floor can
be fixed later.
I Don't Think I
Can Do It?
Neither could I
at one time, I had to learn just like you, to do most of the things
in my life. Don't let someone else intimidate you or convince
yourself that you can't do it, when you can. Have a little faith in
yourself and before you get started, read the entire book and watch
all of the videos to build up your confidence.