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Ceramic and stone tiling : a complete guide by John Ripley

By John Ripley

"Covers all of the simple techniques from designing the task via to the ultimate grouting and cleansing down. strategies, which are of important value, equivalent to setting-out, are lined in huge aspect. · The reader is instructed what can get it wrong and given suggestion · realization can be paid to tiling with terracotta, marble, slate and granite, that contain a little bit diversified ideas in comparison to ceramic tiling · Presents Read more...


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All buildings are continuously moving slightly and some cracks can be too small to see. Usually this is not a problem but it can give difficulties in very wet situations. As a precaution it is a good idea to run a fillet of silicone rubber in vulnerable situations such as the internal corners of the tiling in a shower, or anywhere that water can stand. Where there is a joint in the backing that is expected to move. This one is common sense. Just occasionally a builder will incorporate a movement joint in a wall.

A length of around 900mm is a good compromise. Make sure that you get one where the bubble is easily visible from both the side and above. Occasionally you find them where the bubble is only really visible from the side – this will drive you mad if you are working low down or on a floor. A spirit level. Straight Edge A straight edge consists of a straight piece of wood between 100mm and 200mm wide and about 20mm thick with parallel edges. It can either be bought or made from scrap timber. 5m and it has to be straight.

To give you an idea of how big this field is, one of the major accessory manufacturers has over 3,000 lines. These trims have taken a great deal of work out of the job and enable a DIY enthusiast to give a precision and cleanness of finish that would have been difficult for a professional tiler to match a few years ago. Whilst your local tile shop may only carry a basic range of corner trims in stock, if you need anything special, ask them. The range of available trims covers just about any situation you can imagine and will often be available on a twenty-four-hour delivery basis.

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