Creative Homeowner Ultimate Guide to Ceramic & Stone Tile: Select, Install, Maintain

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-06-01
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Pr
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More than 630 color photos and illustrations detail projects ranging from tiling floors, walls, counters, and patios to repairs and maintenance.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Tile Basicsp. 10
A Short History of Tilep. 12
Firing Tile
Glazing Tile
Modern Tile
Tile Characteristicsp. 14
Firing & Glazes
Water Absorption
Tile Selection
Tile Sizes & Shapesp. 16
Single Tiles
Sheet-Mounted Tiles
Pregrouted Tile Panels
Trim & Specialty Tilep. 17
Ceramic Tilep. 18
Porcelain Tilep. 20
Stone Tilep. 22
Glass Tilep. 24
Terra-Cotta Tilep. 26
Decorative Tile Bordersp. 28
Painted Tilep. 30
Mosaic Tilep. 32
Room Prep: Structurep. 34
Stripping Drywall
Removing a Wall Stud
Adding Studs & Braces
Room Prep: Bathsp. 36
Removing a Sink
Removing a Toilet
Sanitary Sills
Room Prep: Kitchensp. 38
Installing Lights & Switches
Removing Old Vinyl
Tiling to Wood Trim
Patterns & Working Linesp. 40
Basic Tile Patterns
Establishing Working Lines
Tools & Materialsp. 42
Layout & Prep Toolsp. 44
Cutting Toolsp. 45
Cutting Irregular Shapes
Setting Tools & Materialsp. 48
Mixing & Spreading Adhesive
Tile Spacers
Embedding & Leveling Tiles
Finishing Toolsp. 50
Grout Tools
Striking & Jointing Tools
Basic Materialsp. 51
Cement Backer Board
Waterproof & Isolation Membranes
Mortar & Adhesivesp. 53
Portland Cement Mortars
Dry-Set Mortars
Latex-Portland Cement Mortars
Organic Mastic Adhesives
Epoxy-Based Mortars
Grouts & Sealersp. 54
Tiling Floorsp. 56
Design Basicsp. 58
Planning the Layoutp. 62
Preparing the Floorp. 66
New Construction
Reinforcing the Subfloor
Tiling over Concrete
Installing Floor Tilesp. 72
Cutting Partial Tiles
Applying the Grout
Tooling & Sealing Joints
Installing Slate Tilep. 78
Preparing the Floor
Install Underlayment
Laying Out the Tile
Laying Slate Tilep. 80
Design Ideas: Floorsp. 82
Tiling Wallsp. 86
Design & Layoutp. 88
Patterns & Unique Designs
Cutting Tiles
Planning for Materials
Preparing Walls for Tilep. 91
Wall Strength
Existing Wall Surfaces
Walls in Wet Areas
Patching Drywall
Preparing & Repairing Plaster
Repairing Outside Corners
Installing New Drywallp. 98
Installing Wall Tilep. 100
Establishing Working Lines
A Tiling Sequence
Cutting Tiles
Applying Adhesive
Laying the Tile
Design Ideas: Wallsp. 104
Tiling Countertopsp. 108
Planning the Layoutp. 110
Preparing Countertopsp. 112
Strengthening Cabinets
Strengthening Counters
Counter Options
Making a Sink Cutoutp. 114
Laying the Field Tilesp. 116
Establishing Working Lines
Laying the First Course
Finishing the Field
Partial Tile & Edgingp. 118
Overlap Measurements
Cutting Around a Sink
Installing Edge Tiles
Installing a Backsplashp. 120
Installing Backer Board
Installing Plywood
Installing Plywood & Backer Board
Planning Backsplash Tile
Backsplash Design Optionsp. 122
One Tile & Cap
Multiple Rows & Cap
Multiple Trim Strips
Finishing a Backsplashp. 124
Applying the Grout
Installing a Mosaic Tile Vanity Topp. 126
Mosaic Tile Layout
Design Ideas: Countertopsp. 128
Tiling Tubs & Showersp. 132
Preparing the Sitep. 134
Removing Old Tile
Planning the Jobp. 136
Tiling a Shower Pan
Closing off the Shower
Designing the Enclosure
Installing Prefab Pansp. 138
Framing Support
Installing a Mortar-Bed Floorp. 140
Framing Details
Flexible Membranes
Drain Fixtures
Setting Tub & Shower Tilep. 142
Greenboard & Backer Board
Working Lines
Applying Adhesive
Installing Tile Supports
Tiling Sequence
Installing Accessoriesp. 146
Soap Dishes & Grab Bars
Shower Seats
Framing & Tiling Tubsp. 150
Floor Framing Support
Platform Framing
Tiling the Platform
Forming Custom Tubs
Design Ideas: Tubs & Showersp. 152
Indoor Projectsp. 156
Fireplacesp. 158
Selecting Materials
Hearth Design
Face-Wall Design
Setting the Tiles
Tiling a Face Wall
Woodstovesp. 162
Basic Safety Considerations
Reducing Clearances to Tile
Range Hoodsp. 164
Range-Hood Materials
Hood Tile
Hood Dimensions
Tiling a Hood
Stairsp. 166
Design Considerations
Design Ideas: Indoor Projectsp. 168
Outdoor Projectsp. 172
Tiling Existing Concretep. 174
Testing the Surface
Preparing the Surface
Building a New Concrete Basep. 176
Basic Slab Design
Excavating the Site
Forming the Slab
Estimating Concrete Orders
Finishing a Slab
Laying the Tile
Tiling Entry Stepsp. 182
Tile the Steps
Tiling a Pool Deckp. 183
Design Ideas: Outdoor Projectsp. 184
Repairs & Maintenancep. 188
Routine Cleaningp. 190
Removing Common Stains
Hard-Water Problems
Routine Maintenancep. 192
Sealing Grout & Unglazed Tile
Optional Waxing Maintaining Tub Surrounds
Fixing Broken Tilesp. 196
Dislodging Tiles
Setting Replacement Tile
Fixing Trapped Tilesp. 198
Tile Installation Specsp. 200
Tile Floors over Concrete Slabs
Tile Floors over Wood Subfloors
Tile Floors over Radiant Heat
Tile Walls
Tile Ceilings, Tub & Shower Walls, Countertops, and Tile-over-Tile Renovations
Resource Guidep. 212
Glossaryp. 216
Indexp. 218
Photo Creditsp. 223
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