Starting To Lay Floor Tile

In the prior article within our floor tiling home renovation project series, the preparation of floor in the front foyer and adjoining laundry room had been completed.

The project is now ready to start the tile laying task.

Where to start? Where to lay the first tile?

Well, since the visual focal point of the new floor was to be the tile insert in the middle of the front foyer, one needs to start at one end and build up towards that focal point.

So, it was decided to begin at the entrance from the kitchen and work ones way toward the center of the floor.

Notice the chalk link in the picture below?

 Starting To Lay Floor Tile

That is critical. One would think that starting at one end of the floor would allow a full, uncut, tile to be laid first. Well, as that chalk line indicated, the wall to the side of the front hall is not perfectly straight.

So, if one started with an uncut tile in the corner of the entrance to the kitchen (i.e. by the hardwood floor), then when that first row was laid up against the wall it would be sufficiently away from that wall by the time it reached the opening to the laundry room.

So, each tile laid against that wall had to have the distance from the chalk line measured and then used to cut the tile.

First, the metal edging was positioned at the end of the front hall floor on top of a small amount of flooring concrete.

 Starting To Lay Floor Tile

Just before each tile was laid concrete used to support the tiles was placed on the fully prepared floor and smoothed with a trowel.

 Starting To Lay Floor Tile 

As well, a small amount of the same concrete compound was also applied against the back of each tile before it was positioned in place.

 Starting To Lay Floor Tile 

Once each tile was laid onto the wet concrete, it was pressed down by hand and not simply placed into position.

  Starting To Lay Floor Tile

After a short while we had a nice collection of tiles in two rows.

  Starting To Lay Floor Tile

And, that is where the ‘fun’ begins. Select this link to next article in this floor tile home renovation project.

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