How To Tile Bathroom Wall
This is a video from Video Jug about installing tile. It's very professional and informative. If you've never installed tile before this is a must see, because the different steps are shown in detail.
In this video I'm going to explain how to do simple bathroom tiling. Basically we've got our flat wall here and for the purposes of being in a studio I've put a baton along the bottom of the wall which would represent either the setting up point or the top of our skirting.
The key to doing any kind of tiling is to make sure that you start off with a straight level line and then everything basically works back to that so don't be worried about drawing plenty of lines over the wall for example I've put a vertical up here because I'm going to start on this first tile with a half a tile and then come full tile, full tile.
Depending where you are with your starting point and I would typically start from the bottom on the skirting board but you might end up starting on a shower tray or a window sill.
The key to tiling is making sure that you start from a level point so if I wanted to start from this point here all I would do would be to work out my line, level it up all the way across. There's a number of tricks to tiling, for example if I wanted to start on this line and there's nothing below, the minute the tiling starts inevitably one tile is going to slip below the line because that is how the adhesion process works, but popping a few nails in under the tile or just screwing in; like I've done here, a temporary baton which can simply be removed after the tiling will overcome a myriad of problems.
In terms of tools I guess this is probably the most important tool, which is a wall tiling trowel, slightly different from a floor tiling trowel because the depth on the trowel is only four or five millimetres which is typical for a wall tile trowel. Typically if you pick up a floor tile trowel they're more ten to twelve millimetres.
There's various actions, various methods and various tools because again because of the purposes of the studio, I'm only going to be tiling a small area.
With using something something like this we run lines up the wall and then horizontally so we've got a big area and then it's just a case of putting the tiles on one, two, three, four, five, six.
This is one of my favourite tools because it's small and easy to handle it's a simple fifty pence product but you don't get your hands messed up, it goes into the adhesive quite simply, it's a good width so when you're buttering the tiles up you can literally get it exactly where you need it. Right to the edges all the way through.
Very simply all I'm going to do is start with my half tile and I'm going to butter it up. Buttering up just means basically like you would a piece of bread.
Applying tile adhesive to the depth on the trowel.
Then it's a simple process of pushing the tile onto the wall and moving it around a bit so that the whole process of squeezing it against the wall gets the air out of it. That is pretty much stuck. Second tile, again already buttered, straight on and all we're going to do is push it around a few times and then put in the tile spaces.
Now as I said earlier the key to tiling is to making sure that you start on a straight or level line. Because from this point these two tiles are on the line, dead spot on. Our next tile will effectively sit in our spacer so if one tile is out it will kick the spacer and it will kick the whole wall.
The other key to tiling; which is why I use a simple tool like this, is control, don't be afraid to go back over what you've done. Take the tile off, the key to it is making sure everything's dead square and straight as you go up the wall so again push it back and forth a couple of times, run your finger over the line and you'll find that they're the same depth.
Spaces in right down on to the top and the next tile will sit snugly.
Using a tool like this on smaller tiles is far easier and practical because the smaller tile the harder the work. We're going to put this in between the spaces drop it back onto the wall and just squeeze it a little bit. Rei