Final Floor Preparations

The last step completed in this continuing series on the installation of new tile flooring in our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, was the laying of the concrete thin-set into the metal screen and allowing it to sufficiently dry over night and most of the next morning.

Yet, before any of the tile is laid, there are a few more preparation steps which need to be done.

First, Brian trimmed off the portions of the now dried concrete mixture to have a smooth surface upon which the tile will be laid.

 Final Floor Preparations

This was not a hard task, yet very important to have a truly flat tile surface.

Brian then used the shop vac to remove the debris left over from the above step.

Next, Brian then used this device to form the shape of the wood base of the hand railing for the stairs leading down to the basement.

 Final Floor Preparations

I had never seen this before. He said that sometimes they use card board  but felt this device would be better in this situation.

This snake-like device keeps its shape once the black plastic knobs are tightened as each segment is pushed against the wooden base.

 Final Floor Preparations

Once done, this is then taken outside and is used to mark off the curved cut needed for the various floor tiles.

Next, the designer Janet appeared to help Brian mark off the position of the special tile insert. It was not to be right at the front outside door where most people have them. In our case, as is the case with most front hall tile floors, we will end up putting some type of loose rug by the front door in the winter to prevent the snow and road salt and so on from getting on the tile.

 Final Floor Preparations

So, if we are going to do that, why have the special insert covered up most of the year.

For us, we were going to have the special insert in an area which approximated the middle of the front foyer. Here is a picture showing the markings on the floor after Brian did the various measurements from each wall.

 Final Floor Preparations

Now, here is a sneak peak at the type of insert … as well as of the tile itself. But, I won’t spoil the surprise regarding the actual nature of the special tile insert. I’ll save that for later. icon smile Final Floor Preparations

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The last of the final preparation steps is to make small cuts into the wood frame of the various interior doors.

 Final Floor Preparations

This will be needed to provide room for the tiles once laid. Even though the prior floor covering was also tile, remember it did not use a metal tile screen between the tile and the sub floor.

Therefore, the metal screen will add just enough height to the floor necessitating the need for the cuts to the base of the interior door frames.

And, now, they are ready to start laying the floor tiles. Select this link to access the next article in this floor tile home renovation project where laying of the oversized floor tiles begins.

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