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Do the job right and you'll feel tiles better; HomeImprovements If you're wanting to put up tiles in your kitchen or bathroom, take a few tips from the experts at B&Q to get a proper professional finish that will look the part.

Tiling is a skilled job but if you take care, there's no reason why you shouldn't get great results. Here, experts from B&Q give some advice on how to tackle the job.

1 Make sure the surface you're tiling is clean, dry and flat. Also, strip your wallpaper back to the plaster, removing any crumbling plaster and filling any holes. Remember to let your new plaster dry out completely and prime any porous surfaces with a PVA-based adhesive.

2 Wear heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands when removing broken tiles. Always wear safety goggles and a dust mask to protect you from flying fragments and sharp edges when cutting tiles.

3 Most ceramic tiles come in packs of one square metre. To find how many packs you need, measure the height and width of the area you want to tile, then multiply the figures to get the area in square metres.

It's a good idea to allow 5-10 per cent extra for cutting and breakages. If your wall has doors, windows or fixed cupboards, work out their area and subtract this from the total area you'll be tiling.

4 It's really important to find the best starting point for your first row. It's no good starting in one corner and working your way across the wall - the corner may not be vertical and you could end up with slivers of tile to cut at the far corner.

It's much better to centre your grid on the wall. That way, you'll end up with cut tiles of equal size at the ends of your rows and your tiling will be symmetrical.

The best way to deal with obstructions such as doors and windows is to work from the centre of the most obvious feature.

If the wall has a single window or door, you should begin from its centre-line. If there are two windows, use the centre of the space between them.

5 Use a gauge rod to check if there will be any cutting problems around the feature, and move your starting point if necessary. The same applies for horizontal rows.

6 A gauge rod is an essential item for any tiling job as it helps you work out the positioning of your rows and the size of any cut tiles you might need at the ends of them. A 50mm x 25mm wooden batten is ideal. Make it 1.8m long if you're tiling a wall but shorter for a smaller area. Start by laying out a line of tiles and insert tile spacers between them. Then put the batten alongside, lining up the end with the edge of your first tile.

Mark the positions of the tiles and gaps on the rod with a pencil. By numbering the tile positions, you will have a quick means of working out how many tiles you will need in each row. ?For more advice on wall tiling a wall, go to

A gauge rod is an essential item for tiling jobs as it helps you work out your rows


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 6, 2016
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