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Overview

Tiles are a great way to bring colour and style to a bathroom renovation. If you can do the tiling yourself, the whole project will be a lot more affordable. We'll teach you how to lay your tiles in neatly spaced rows. You will also learn how to trim around window gaps and keep your rows horizontal.

Steps

1Draw a datum line one row above the bathroom floor

Measure your tile height, and mark a point on the bathroom wall that is 20mm below that height. Then use your spirit level to draw a horizontal line, known as a “datum line”, at that height all the way around the room. The height is reduced by 20mm just in case there is a low point in the floor that needs covering.
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2Install a temporary timber shelf on the datum line

Get a long, straight piece of timber and mount it on the bathroom wall so its top edge lines up with your datum line. Then drive a screw through the middle of the timber into a wall stud. Now use a spirit level to check the timber is horizontal and screw the two ends into wall studs as well.
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3Check your tile glue is safe to use with waterproofing

Building regulations require the walls of your bathroom to have a waterproof lining installed. Once that lining is in place, you can start tiling. Check the information on the side of your packet of tile glue to make sure that it is safe to use with waterproofing. 
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4Find out the width of the last tile in a row

To work out the width of the last tile in a row, lay one tile in position on the timber shelf you have installed. Then move it down the shelf one tile-width at a time, plus the width of a spacer, until you reach the end of the row. If the final tile needs to be short, you can pre-trim one for each row before you start tiling.
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5Mix up the tile glue

Pour some tile glue powder into a bucket with some water in it, then use a power drill with a mixing paddle to blend the mixture together. Keep mixing until the glue has the consistency of toothpaste. If you find that it's too runny or dry, then balance it out with a little more powder or water.
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6Lay the first row of tiles

Spread some glue on the back of the first tile using the notched edge of your trowel. This makes trenches in the glue so the tile sticks better. Then place the base of the tile on the timber shelf and flatten it onto the wall. Clean off any excess glue and push plastic wedges under the bottom corners of the tiles. Repeat for every tile across the row, putting spacers between each tile as you go.
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7Level up the first row of tiles

Once the first row of tiles has been laid, put a spirit level on top to check that they are horizontal. This is where the wedges are helpful. If any of the tiles need adjusting, simply shift the position of the wedges to lift or drop the tiles so they line up correctly.
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8Lay more rows of tiles on the bathroom wall

Put enough glue on the wall to cover a couple of rows of tiles. Once again, use the notched side of your trowel to put trenches in the glue as you spread it. When you have spread the glue, work quickly to put your tiles in place before the glue starts to cure. Lay them one row at a time, using plastic spacers to keep the gaps between each tile the same. If you need to trim a tile before you lay it, leave that area free of glue and do that tile as part of the next step.
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9Trim and lay edge and corner tiles

When you need to trim a tile before you lay it, put the tile in place on the wall, mark your cutting points and use a tile cutter or angle grinder to trim the tile to size. Then put your tile in place again to check the cut is right, put some glue on the back and lay it in position.
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.