Handy Tiling Workshop
By Laura Parker
October 16, 2020
We held the third Handy DIY workshop and this time it was all about tiling. Tiling can be especially tricky and prone to all sorts of DIY disasters so we invited a group of budding DIYers to our Handy London HQ to learn some pro tricks! Our guests learned about how to remove old tiles and prepare walls for tiling, how to set out tiles and finally, how to grout and seal. We rounded the evening off with plenty of Franco Manca Pizza and beer from London Fields Brewery.
Thanks to everyone who joined us and made it such a success. We have exciting plans for future DIY events!
Guests got involved and had a go at everything, some of the top tips they learned are included below!
How to Tile a Wall: Tips and Tricks
1. To remove old tiles from a wall, the easiest thing to do is to smash one from the center and then work out from there, carefully removing the other tiles in one piece.
2. It’s essential to use an adhesive comb when applying adhesive to tiles. This creates air bubbles and allows them to bond to the wall without sliding off.
3. When drilling into tiles it’s essential to use a tile drill bit or your tiles will smash, but if you’re drilling into tiles already on the wall, you should use a dual tile and masonry bit, allowing you to easily drill straight through both.
4. Tiles can be cut using a number of different tile cutters to score the tile, the tile can then be placed over another tile and simply snapped into the desired shape or size.
If this seems too hard or complicated, or you just don't have the time to pull out the tools and gloves, no need to worry! A Handy Pro near you has you covered. Just head over to our site and book a handyman near you to complete the job. It's easy and convenient at an affordable price!