10 tips for a good mosaic
By Thomas Ervin
Many people will have tried to tile somehow, even if it is a small repair or a major project. What appears to be a seemingly simple task of gluing squares or rectangular boards on a wall soon seems to be an awkward challenge when obstacles appear that do not perfectly match the tile edge or should be cut irregular shapes. . The obvious option is usually to cut the mosaic into smaller pieces and insert them around the obstacle into a kind of crazy mosaic, which we all know is not a very professional finish. Below are some tips that I use to achieve professional results every time.
1. The right tool for the job
As in any trade, using the right tool for the job will not only facilitate your work but also give you the best results. There are a variety of tools used by professional manufacturers; However, it may be enough to have all the basic tools needed to get good results.
You definitely need:
Tile cutter (standard manual type)Tile tips: to cut small amounts of unwanted tilesTile saw: hand saw is similar to a metal sawMosaic fileToothed trowel: to disperse adhesiveGrout SpreaderSpiritual levelMeasuring tapeprofile gaugeAdditional tools include:
Electric tile saw (preferably water cooled)Small angle grinder with a suitable cutting discDrills and exercisesTiling Tile: to remove grout / adhesive between tilesChisel for removing tiles: to remove existing tiles2. How many tiles
Before buying chips, measure the area. At first, this may seem quite challenging. Although some professional growers can often tell with a moment how many Los Angeles tiling services are required, such skills come with years of experience. However, the easiest way is to measure the length and width of each section and then multiply the length by the width to get the value in meters / square. Divide inconvenient shapes into smaller rectangles and use the same equation. Measure each section this way, then add them together to get the total area in square feet. Always allow another ten percent for waste (five percent for mosaics).
3. On the surface
The surface to be coated should be free of moisture, physically solid (not crumbly or flaking), freshly plastered walls must be sealed with an appropriate sealant before the adhesive spreads (follow product instructions). Significantly uneven walls must be leveled in advance with the appropriate plaster and must be completely dried before laying the tiles.
4. Where to start
First measure the distance through the area to be tiled, or make a fictional run with the mosaics, this will help you determine the best starting point. In general, it is better to place the mosaics so that it allows carvings on both ends rather than starting with a complete mosaic.
If you are tiling the level bar on a bathroom or kitchen counter, it is generally okay to use this as your starting line, but be sure to measure vertically to predict how the top row will end, to avoid having to cut very small strips at the end. Use spacers below the first row as this will help with minor adjustments and the resulting space will provide a key to closer grip.
5. At the level
If you do not start from a flat surface, use a bubble plan and draw a planar line on the first row; Use this as your starting line. It may be helpful to attach a straight draw tube to the wall to prevent the first row from sliding while the adhesive is attached.
6. Where are the cuts?
If you are tiling an entire room, start with the wall that is furthest from the room, and then tile the other walls. This darkens the cut edges of the dark (even if they are clean).
7. Stick Em Up
Use the spreader with the notch of the appropriate size and evenly distribute approx. one square meter of glue. Lay the tile down, turn it lightly with a uniform pressure to establish constant contact. Continue the process, paying particular attention to the interior decoration of the former mosaics.
If you use spacers, make sure they are placed deep enough below the surface of the tile so that they are not visible by grout, alternatively, if you have enough spacing, use them outside the tile twice per second. Collection. Then you can remove them completely