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The travertine tiles we are installing are pre-spaced on mesh sheets, eliminating the need to use spacers between each tile.
Use a 1/8" shim or spacers between the bottom tiles and the countertop to allow space for caulking.
Clean the face of the tile during the install process to save yourself the stress of trying to clean off the dried adhesive.
Cover the counters and any adjacent cabinets with tape and paper to keep them clean.
Before starting, lay out the tile in the desired pattern to determine the cuts you will need to make and the obstacles like outlets and windowsills.
Using a pre-mixed tile adhesive makes the job go quicker, very smoothly and with a lot less mess. Apply the adhesive to the wall by holding the notched trowel at a 45-degree angle.
Firmly press the tile into the adhesive and give it a wiggle to make sure it creates the necessary suction to set properly.
Continue laying tile, cutting around any obstructions using the tile saw.
When finished, wait for the adhesive to dry and apply grout and sealant.