How to Install a Tile Floor In a Kitchen
Find out how to install a tile floor in this kitchen catch-up project.
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To create a uniform surface and protect the tiles from damage, start on setting backer board onto the subfloor. After mixing a batch of thinset, load a liberal amount onto a grooved trowel and spreads it evenly onto the subfloor. Then, place cut segments of backer board onto the thinset and secure them with a series of screws (Image 1).
Next, again using a grooved trowel, spread more thinset onto the backer board (Image 1). Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle to form uniform ridges, which helps keep the tile in place via suction.
Lay the tiles neatly onto the thinset. Use plastic spacers to keep them properly aligned (Image 1). Near walls or tricky corners, measure for cutting tile and use a wet saw to trim it to size (Image 2).
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