By John Ripley
"Covers the entire uncomplicated strategies from designing the activity via to the ultimate grouting and cleansing down. techniques, which are of important value, reminiscent of setting-out, are coated in enormous element. · The reader is instructed what can get it wrong and given suggestion · cognizance is additionally paid to tiling with terracotta, marble, slate and granite, that contain a bit assorted options in comparison to ceramic tiling · Presents highlighted, beneficial ?tips? through the textual content · Well-illustrated with targeted, step by step color images and diagrams" -- writer site (December 2006). Read more...
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Types Most backings fall into one of the following categories: Structural When the backing is part of the structure of the building, usually brickwork, blockwork or concrete. Although there is no technical reason why you cannot fix direct to these they are usually not flat enough, and the slightest movement in them can cause problems with the tiling. In Situ Finishes These are materials applied wet to a wall to bring it into line and to provide a finish. Plaster or sand and cement rendering are the most common.
The range of tiles available today is huge and covers just about any imaginable situation from the point of view of beauty or practicality. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the desirability factor. The expensive decorative forms of tiling have always presented an image of both prestige and opulence. It is only in the last fifty years or so that decorative tiles of any type have been affordable to most people. A century ago even the most basic form of tiling would have been beyond the means of the majority of the population.
Sawing Hand sawing tiles can be slow, but produces a good finish and gives an easy way of doing small radius internal curves which are difficult by other means. The use of the saw is self-evident. As with all saws, don’t use too much force. With thin, light tiles or awkwardly shaped cuts the force of the saw will sometimes cause the tile to break. It can be useful to place a piece of plywood or MDF under the tile and then to cut through both the tile and the board. It will not make much difference to the saw and the board will usually give enough support to stop the tile breaking.
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