Replacing a Broken Tile in the Bathroom

It was bound to happen. The new floors have been finished for less than a week, and someone already has dropped a hammer on the kitchen’s tile floor. Unless the tile guy is still on the job, you’re either going to wait a long time or fix it yourself.

Luckily, it’s a fairly easy fix, as long as you use the right technique. Although you can use a hammer and an old chisel to break out the damaged tile, this technique can be risky. Within grout joints tighter than 3/16-in, hammer blows can chip or crack adjacent tiles. Hammering also can pulverize the substrate beneath the damaged tile.

Occasionally, I use a hole saw to cut out the center portion of a cracked tile. This technique is good for
removing soft-bodied tile. It’s usually a slow process, but I’m left with a hole in the tile that makes it easy to pry with the tip of a chisel or a screwdriver.

My preferred technique, however, is to use an angle grinder outfitted with a 4-in diamond blade made by Pearl Abrasive and a shop vacuum. This technique is good for thick, soft-bodied tiles such as saltillo, but it works on others as well. The tile must be larger than 4-in, or there won’t be room for 4-in grinder blade.

Basically, the trick is first to isolate the tile from neighboring tiles by removing the surrounding grout line,
then carefully break the tile into pieces and remove it. Using a grinder can be messy unless you keep a vacuum nozzle trained on the dust stream. I mask off any surrounding cabinet faces or furniture, and also protect neighboring tiles with sheet metal or plywood in case I overcut. I mask off myself as well, by donning safety glasses, a dust mask and my hearing protection.

I start by making diagonal cuts, then make separate cuts that run parallel to the edges. The parallel cuts along the tile edges make it possible to position a a chisel from the edge of a tile facing in so that the neighboring tile is not damaged. This technique is good for removing tiles with tight joints, like marble. There’s also a cordless 3-1/8-in saw with a slightly smaller diamond blade that comes in handy; I also use a Dremel tool fitted with a small #7134 diamond-point bit in the corners where the grinder can’t reach.

Once the tile is removed, I scrape out any remaining thinset and vacuum the substrate. With fresh thinset and a new tile, the job is finished, except for the grouting work.

Floor Tiles For the Bathroom

When decorating it is important to choose materials that will suit the room that you are updating, for example, you wouldn’t choose water soluble paint for a bathroom or a kitchen. This is much the same when it comes to details such as the flooring. Whilst carpet provides a luxurious finish, it is not ideal when you get out of the bath with wet feet. For bathrooms and kitchens, floor tiles would be a much better option as it is not a problem if they get wet, they can be cleaned, dried and even vacuumed very easily.

Fortunately, there is an online specialist that stocks a wide variety of floor tiles that can be browsed through their online store. Available in a wide selection of colours and styles, they complement a large number of the wall tiles available from the retailer; homeowners can create a truly streamlined bathroom.

The floor tiles that this online specialist has to offer are from some of the leading manufacturers from across the globe. All of the tiles are finished to the very highest quality, which leads to a flawless finish upon laying. If you do need to cut any of the tiles, you can rest assured that using the correct tools, they are extremely easy to cut and clean.

Whether your bathroom is traditional or contemporary, you will be sure to find a range of tiles that suits your property and your budget. Prices are very reasonable and the retailer often has a number of special offers running.

They also supply tools and other materials required to lay your tiles to a high standard, this includes laying compounds, spacers, cutting tools and grouts. For those homeowners that want to create an even more luxurious atmosphere in their bathroom, they supply under floor heating systems in a range of sizes.

If your bathroom needs sprucing up, take a look at the variety of floor tiles available from this online specialist. Decorating your own home can be really rewarding when you stand back and admire your handiwork, to purchase all of the items required to lay your own tiles, take a look at their website.

New Construction Homes – Making All the Important Decisions

When browsing through new construction homes, potential buyers often see the benefit to creating something that they can customize for themselves. Along the way, there are many decisions that need to be made and the homeowner gets an opportunity to create the living space of his or her dreams. These decisions involve everything from the flooring to the ceiling fans and plenty of items in between.

Flooring

With a new construction home, the buyer has the ability to choose the flooring that he or he is most interested in. Some places, like the kitchen and the bathrooms will probably have some type of tile or linoleum but the buyer gets to choose the colors, the patter, and even the size of the tiles. There are some options that come standard while others are considered an upgrade and will cost more.

In the main living areas and bedrooms, buyers can also choose to put in some type of tile or they can look through the different types of carpeting. These areas come with builder’s grade carpeting and builder’s grade padding but a person can make the necessary changes to have more comfortable flooring wherever they choose. In some cases, a homeowner will go with the flooring that comes in the house and makes plans to replace it on their own.

Appliances

In the kitchen, new construction homes come with everything except a refrigerator. Buyers get to choose the appliances that will work best for their lives. In some cases, the kitchen can be changed to accommodate things like a double oven or a larger refrigerator. The builder works with the buyer to determine what can be changed and what needs to stay the same.

Sinks, Countertops, and Cabinets

Just like flooring, there are multiple options for sinks, countertops, and cabinets. Buyers often make an appointment with a local design center that the builder works with to look at the different options up close and make a decision. There are several combinations that can work to add an extra elegance to the house or create a casual yet comfortable atmosphere.

There are options that come with the house that are included in the cost and there are ways to upgrade. For many homeowners, the purchase of a new construction home is a hefty investment and they want to make sure that they get exactly what they want from the start. When compared to going in later and remodeling or making changes, adding these upgrades and amenities when the house is built makes much more sense financially.

Pre-Wiring

New construction homes also allow a buyer to choose which rooms of the house with be pre-wired for things like fans, cable and phones. Some rooms are already set up with these things while others don’t have any and it helps to be able to add these things right away.