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Are you a Potters Bar based DIY enthusiast? It may be that you’re considering tiling your bathroom or kitchen. Once you’ve visited tile shops to get all the products, adhesives and tools you’ll require (we recommend Cheshunt Tile Centre, which has an expansive range of competitively priced tiling products), then it’s time to get going!
On this page, we’ve provided some basic tiling tips for any first timers out there. If you require any more information whatsoever, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We’re the Potters Bar area’s premier tile shops, and our staff are always willing to assist clients and pass on their expertise.
Firstly, take inventory and ensure that you’ve purchased enough tiles and adhesive to do the whole job. Most tile shops and professional tilers around Potters Bar would recommend buying a few extra tiles to ensure that if you break some, or incorrectly cut a few, then you aren’t left short and unable to continue the job.
Before you start, be sure to equip a pair of heavy-duty gloves, goggles and a dust mask to protect yourself from sharp edges, flying tile fragments and any dust that might build-up while cutting tiles. If you lack safety equipment, visit our tile shops near Potters Bar, we have a range of tiling accessories and will be able to offer you advice on what best suits your needs.
CREATE A TILING GAUGE ROD
A gauging rod can really make your life a lot easier by helping you figure out how your tile rows will be lined up. Take a 50mm by 25mm wooden batten and cut it to a length of 1.8m if you’re tiling a wall. It should be shorter if you’re tiling a smaller area. Then lay out a row of tiles and place tile spacers between them. Next you’ll want to lay your batten down alongside them, lining it up so that it begins where your tiles do. Take a pencil and mark the positions of the tiles and spaces in between them on the rod. Your gauge rod can be used to figure out how many tiles you’ll need to complete a row, and how end tiles will need to be cut to meet the wall perfectly.