Installing Ceramic Floor Tile?

I want to replace the flooring in my kitchen and bathroom with ceramic tile. Is this an easy "do-it-yourself" job or should I just pay a professional?


Michelle from Rockford, IL

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By bambi2003 (Guest Post)
July 27, 20070 found this helpful
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my husband and I are 1st time home owners, well we got the house from his father after he passed. The house was in horrable shape, and my husband having never done anything like that before put down tile in the bathroom first, and when he saw how easy it was did the kitchen too. The only thing was we didn't have any way to cut the tile, but we bought it from Lowes and they will cut their tile for free as long as you have the tile marked. Have fun.

By Jeff Linenfelser (Guest Post)
December 28, 20070 found this helpful
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There is a reason there is a 4 year apprenticeship for Tile Setters. Layout is not that simple, if you start in the center you could have 1" cuts on every wall. Every room is laid out differently. Then you have the mortar mix has to be Perfect. Subfloor has to be perfect also or you will get deflextion in the floor causing the tile and grout to crack.


spacing is also per tiles not with spacers. No tile is exactly the same size and you need to have a trained eye for small adjustments to keep your corners on and your tile running straight.


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July 27, 20070 found this helpful

It's back breaking work and very precise. How long can you last on your hands and knees? Think about it.


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