Gena Guthrie Flooring November 24th, 2018 - 03:05:47
So you thought it was too difficult to install a beautiful, durable tile floor. Well think again: hi I'm Jeff Wilson! You know you probably have most of the tools in your shop and really with just a few tips and tricks and a little bit of patience. You can install a tile floor, we're going to do that here today, but, of course with any project. You want to start with a good substrate. In our case, we've got a sub floor here and we're going to install some cement board on the floor before we install the tile. Let's do that. First, all right. Our first step is to install this 5/16 inch cement board.
That's what you use on floors and to install it. You first want to lay a bed of thin-set mortar drop the panel into place and then use these cement board screws to fasten the panel to the sub floor. This will give us a good strong base for our tile. So let's mix up a batch of order. Okay, what I'm using is a latex modified, thin-set, mortar and I've got a bucket here, I'm going to put on a mask because the dust isn't good for you glasses. So we're going to mix this to a peanut butter consistency once you've initially mixed the thin-set. Let it rest for about ten minutes.
This is called slaking, give it a quick stir after slaking and you're ready to go. This is what you're, after not too runny and not too thick all right. Since the panel is three foot by five foot, I'm going to put some thin set here on my sub floor and then lay my panel in and I'm using this 3/8 inch notch trowel. The key is to get a nice even coat. I like to just glop enough on to work with for a bit when space is ready. I dropped the cement board panel into place printed side up and put some weight on it to settle it into the mortar used.
The cement board screws to fasten the board to the sub floor, put a screw about every eight inches around the edge and every ten to twelve inches in the field or center of the board. Now, inevitably, you're going to have to cut a piece of the concrete board. You can do that with a regular circular saw on a carbide tipped blade. The blade will get dulled pretty quickly, but you can also use a simple carbide scoring tool like this one since my cuts are going to be straight. This is probably the easiest way to do it Plus. This doesn't make as much dust measure carefully and use a straight edge to keep your scoring tool on track.