How To Lay Natural Stone Tile
Iím Mark Le Mon Project Manager and youíre learning how to tile.
Weíre going to be installing natural stone tile. Weíre using a compound thin set mix thatís premixed. You can also use the dry and bag version but I recommend when youíre doing walls to use the premix. Itís a lot easier and faster. You want to have on hand a bucket of water and a sponge, of course your stone, a trough, a tape measure, pencil, and a wax pen for marking off your designs and your cuts.
Okay as you see, Iíve already finished one wall complete. Itís ungrouted and Iíll be moving over to this wall over here which weíre going to continue across the kitchen face. And weíll be cutting around some outlets and some switches. So let me get this measured out and Iíll be back with you in just a minute.
Iíve pre-cut these corner troughs to match up with the distance of the length of the tile to cut around the corner. In position, it will look like that. Iím going to continue that across to get up to our outlets and then weíre going to cut around the outlets so let me show you how you do that.
First, youíre going to takeóit will be a compound. Youíve seen many times where people were coming put it across the whole wall but because we have many cuts that weíre going to be doing, I want to make sure that we have a nice, clean wall to work with and not have anything sticking to any tiles that we donít want in the way. Weíre taking a full piece tile now and Iím putting this inside right here on this edge. Leaving a little bit of space and have the next tile to go in place.
As I go along, I check to make sure that the edges are lined up. If theyíre not, I want to pull off the tile and I want to build up the compound enough so that everything is nice and flat. Alright, so Iíve put this in place nice and lined up. Every so often I want to come back with a wet sponge. I want to clean off any excess thin set that is on there, so that it stays nice and pristine after everything is all dried.
If you see any areas that some of the compound has come through where youíre going to caulk, you just push a little blade in there just like that. In this type of application where you have a very tight grout line, weíll be using non-scented grout when we grout this. Unless the grout do penetrate a very small area. Be careful when working these, they are very sharp.
You want to separate this on from the wall and you want to lay your tile in place over the hole and then mark off the outside part of the box where youíre going to make your cuts and the bottom of the box where youíre going to make your cuts.
Weíre going to place our tile over the hole. Weíre going to mark on the outside area, on both sides of the outlet. Youíre going to slide it to one side and youíre going to find your bottom, weíll bring the pencil to your bottom, youíre going to mark off your bottom.
Now youíre going to square cut this right here and that will be your outlet. So Iíve taken these pieces which Iíve hand cut and hand honed using a belt sander to grind and round off the corners of the edges and then you take a wet sponge or just probably about 200 grit underwater in your hand, polish this and you have your finish corners which should match up beautifully and give you a nice finish rounded edge.
Itís good to number these pieces because not every wall is going to be absolutely square, so this is why you know exactly what order they go into the wall. Take them and you push them into the wall so they would have a nice appearance. Smoothen up, finish your edge off, and prepare to sponge after your last piece.
Alright the last piece is in, clean out your grout lines, okay there you have it.
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