How to Install a Bathroom Tile Floor Ron Hazelton Online DIY Ideas & Projects

How to Install a Bathroom Tile Floor  Ron Hazelton Online  DIY Ideas & Projects

Video Transcript

So what were you thinking? More vinyl on top of this?

Actually, I think the tile, ceramic tile.

RON HAZELTON:

Ceramic tile, okay.

DAVE SHUE:

So weve got to take this up.

RON HAZELTON:

Now youve got a toilet over here. Well lift that out and tile up underneath and then put it back again.

Now Kathys decided she wants a rectangular field of green tile somewhere in the middle of this room. The question is, exactly where. So in order to help us make that decision, weve made up this cardboard template. What do you guys think?

How about this one?

RON HAZELTON:

Over this way.

I think I like the idea of using the tub, centering it on the tub rather than the entire room.

RON HAZELTON:

Okay.

The island of green tile were putting in the center will go down first and dictate the layout of the remaining tiles. Once we position the island where we want it, we extend the edges with a chalk line, creating guidelines for the rest of the room.

Okay, good.

Then we use a little hairspray to seal the fragile line, making sure it wont rub off as we continue working. To mark the edges of the center island, we attach strips of wood with hot melt glue, just in case the mortar covers up some of our lines.

Okay, Kathy. Just tuck the mixer down in there and Ill start to mix it.

For todays job, well be using a quick-setting thin-set mortar. This will allow us to grout the floor after only a two-hour wait. Kathy and Dave mix just enough for a section about six feet squared.

Now, everybody gets a trowel, okay?

Well, all right.

RON HAZELTON:

The trowel, as you can see, its got two sides: Its got a notched edge here and here and its got a flat edge here and here.

All right.

RON HAZELTON:

And were going to use both of these.

The flat edge is used to distribute the mortar and press it firmly in contact with the floor.

Now push it into contact with the cement.

Then we switch to the notched edge, and tipping the trowel to a steep angle, create furrows or ridges of uniform thickness.

Pick one tile. Drop it in place and as you put it down, just give it a little wiggle like this.

Between the tiles, we insert vinyl spacers. These will help keep all the joints the same width.

Ive been wanting to tile the bathroom floor since I bought the house. So I think its going to look really good.

DAVE SHUE:

Doing things on your own make the project itself seem that much better because now you can take some real pride in something that youve accomplished, something that youve done yourself.

RON HAZELTON:

Nearly all the tiles that weve put down so far have been full tiles. But now its time to do some cutting. Now heres an easy way to figure out how to cut the partial tiles that will go along the wall. First, I place a full tile directly on top of a tile in the row closest to the wall.

Then I use a scrap tile to simulate the grout line. I put a second tile on top, push it against the wall and then trace the edge onto the tile underneath.

Now this piece of tile right here will be exactly the right size to fit in here.

Out in the garage, Kathy and Dave use a wet saw to cut the tiles.

Lets see how that one looks.

Thats perfect.

DAVE SHUE:

Thats right on the money.

RON HAZELTON:

To cut a tile to fit around odd shapes like this molding, I use a template gauge to duplicate the moldings shape. Next, I transfer that shape onto card stock, cut out the pattern and trace it onto the tile.

Okay? Now lets go cut it.

I take the tile out to the wet saw and cut narrow strips in the section we need to remove, then use a tile nipper to cut them off as close to the line as possible. Finally, I use the saw blade to grind the rough edges down to the line.

That precision work pays off with a perfect fit.

Okay, what have we got here?

Our last section to cut is around the toilet drain. I start by measuring the diameter of the drain hole.

Seven inches.

Then using a compass, I draw a circle on a piece of card stock and cut it out. Before cementing the tiles to the floor, I put the first two in position. After centering the template on the drain hole, Ill trace the outline onto each tile. Ill use the same cutaway technique that I used for the molding.

After repeating the process for the remaining two tiles, we cement everything in place and its time to grout.

Okay, now this is what were going to apply the, the grout with, its a grout float, rubber —foam rubber float. I want to dip this in water to start with and theres sort of two operations here. The first one, you want to take your float and you want to force this grout into the joints.

You want to push down so that its going all the way to the bottom of those joints, okay?

Mm-hmm [AFFIRMATIVE].

RON HAZELTON:

Now the second part of this process is to scrape off the excess.

For this, tip the float up at a 45-degree angle and draw it diagonally across the face of the tile. If we pulled it straight across the tile, it would scoop the grout right out of the joints.

Video Transcript

So what were you thinking? More vinyl on top of this?

Actually, I think the tile, ceramic tile.

RON HAZELTON:

Ceramic tile, okay.

DAVE SHUE:

So weve got to take this up.

RON HAZELTON:

Now youve got a toilet over here. Well lift that out and tile up underneath and then put it back again.

Now Kathys decided she wants a rectangular field of green tile somewhere in the middle of this room. The question is, exactly where. So in order to help us make that decision, weve made up this cardboard template. What do you guys think?

How about this one?

RON HAZELTON:

Over this way.

I think I like the idea of using the tub, centering it on the tub rather than the entire room.

RON HAZELTON:

Okay.

The island of green tile were putting in the center will go down first and dictate the layout of the remaining tiles. Once we position the island where we want it, we extend the edges with a chalk line, creating guidelines for the rest of the room.

Okay, good.

Then we use a little hairspray to seal the fragile line, making sure it wont rub off as we continue working. To mark the edges of the center island, we attach strips of wood with hot melt glue, just in case the mortar covers up some of our lines.

Okay, Kathy. Just tuck the mixer down in there and Ill start to mix it.

How to Install a Bathroom Tile Floor  Ron Hazelton Online  DIY Ideas & Projects

For todays job, well be using a quick-setting thin-set mortar. This will allow us to grout the floor after only a two-hour wait. Kathy and Dave mix just enough for a section about six feet squared.

Now, everybody gets a trowel, okay?

Well, all right.

RON HAZELTON:

The trowel, as you can see, its got two sides: Its got a notched edge here and here and its got a flat edge here and here.

All right.

RON HAZELTON:

And were going to use both of these.

The flat edge is used to distribute the mortar and press it firmly in contact with the floor.

Now push it into contact with the cement.

Then we switch to the notched edge, and tipping the trowel to a steep angle, create furrows or ridges of uniform thickness.

Pick one tile. Drop it in place and as you put it down, just give it a little wiggle like this.

Between the tiles, we insert vinyl spacers. These will help keep all the joints the same width.

Ive been wanting to tile the bathroom floor since I bought the house. So I think its going to look really good.

DAVE SHUE:

Doing things on your own make the project itself seem that much better because now you can take some real pride in something that youve accomplished, something that youve done yourself.

RON HAZELTON:

Nearly all the tiles that weve put down so far have been full tiles. But now its time to do some cutting. Now heres an easy way to figure out how to cut the partial tiles that will go along the wall. First, I place a full tile directly on top of a tile in the row closest to the wall.

Then I use a scrap tile to simulate the grout line. I put a second tile on top, push it against the wall and then trace the edge onto the tile underneath.

Now this piece of tile right here will be exactly the right size to fit in here.

Out in the garage, Kathy and Dave use a wet saw to cut the tiles.

Lets see how that one looks.

Thats perfect.

DAVE SHUE:

Thats right on the money.

RON HAZELTON:

To cut a tile to fit around odd shapes like this molding, I use a template gauge to duplicate the moldings shape. Next, I transfer that shape onto card stock, cut out the pattern and trace it onto the tile.

Okay? Now lets go cut it.

I take the tile out to the wet saw and cut narrow strips in the section we need to remove, then use a tile nipper to cut them off as close to the line as possible. Finally, I use the saw blade to grind the rough edges down to the line.

That precision work pays off with a perfect fit.

Okay, what have we got here?

Our last section to cut is around the toilet drain. I start by measuring the diameter of the drain hole.

Seven inches.

Then using a compass, I draw a circle on a piece of card stock and cut it out. Before cementing the tiles to the floor, I put the first two in position. After centering the template on the drain hole, Ill trace the outline onto each tile. Ill use the same cutaway technique that I used for the molding.

After repeating the process for the remaining two tiles, we cement everything in place and its time to grout.

Okay, now this is what were going to apply the, the grout with, its a grout float, rubber —foam rubber float. I want to dip this in water to start with and theres sort of two operations here. The first one, you want to take your float and you want to force this grout into the joints.

You want to push down so that its going all the way to the bottom of those joints, okay?

Mm-hmm [AFFIRMATIVE].

RON HAZELTON:

Now the second part of this process is to scrape off the excess.

For this, tip the float up at a 45-degree angle and draw it diagonally across the face of the tile. If we pulled it straight across the tile, it would scoop the grout right out of the joints.


Leave a Reply