Most of us have needed to replace a broken wall tile. Usually broken tiles are the result of DIY work in the bathroom, such as trying to install a new accessory such as a soap holder. Once the tile has been broken, it is probably then followed by much swearing and panic.
In general, a tile would not crack on its own as they are quite hard wearing. Restoring cracked tiles will keep your bathroom looking beautiful. It is also important to replace cracked tiled because water could otherwise penetrate the crack, leading to water damaged walls. Or could create a breeding ground for mold and eventual structural damage.
If this is something you have recently done, then there is no need to panic! Usually there are two options when it comes to tile repairs.You could hire a tiling contractor to replace the tile for you. Although replacing a tile is a relatively simple and quick job for a contractor, it could be a substantial expense. Another option is to replace a broken wall tile yourself using the step-by-step guide below. Materials Needed: Adhesive Tools Needed: Grout (that matches your existing grout) Notched trowel Putty knife Grout remover (grout raker) Chisel Hammer Safety Wear: Gloves Google Step 1 – Type of Tile?
Tiles come in a variety of materials. You will first need to determine the type of tile you have. Are they ceramic, porcelain, glass, marble or anything else? The most common type of tile is ceramic.
When it comes to bathrooms, the common choices are ceramic or porcelain. Granite tiles look very impressive, but very expensive. Also, tiles such as granite are more difficult to install.Step 2 – How Many Tiles need Replacement?
When a tile first starts to crack, it is possible the crack could propagate into the adjacent tiles too. It is important to access exactly how many tiles have cracked by having a close look.
Step 3 – Remove the Surrounding Grout
A grout raker is the perfect tool to remove the grout surrounding your broken tile. The Tungsten Carbide blade allows the grout to be sliced into easily. Once you have cut either side of the grout, you should then be able to scrape it out using a flat head screw driver.
Step 4 – Removing the Tile
It is important to note that the tile is likely bonded to the wall very well. Drilling various holes in the tile can help to weaken it, and allow you to remove it in smaller sections via a chisel.
Once the tile has been fully removed, brush out any tile chippings and dirt. Use sandpaper if necessary to ensure the wall is smooth, ready for a new tile.Step 5 – Apply Adhesive
Apply a thin layer of tile adhesive to the back of a tile using an adhesive spreader.
Next position the tile, checking that it sits flush. You can use spacers to help maintain grout gaps. Allow the adhesive to dry for the recommended time given on the packet (usually at least 1 hour). Once dry you can then remove the spacers.Step 6 – Apply the Grout Step 7 – Cleaning Up
Once all of your broken tiles have been replaced, you will need to thoroughly clean around your replaced tile to remove any excess grout.Visit our DIY Blog for Step by Step Guides
DIY loft boarding is cheap, as you will not have to pay lots for a contractor. Boarding out the loft will help generate more free space in your home. It means you can hoard even more things, just like the other stuff you been keeping for years.
Hoard? No, I meant store. And by things, I mean all of those boxes of ‘memories’ you have, that you feel like you can’t get rid of. Not to worry, we all have special things we store over the years. However, we do not like to use the word hoard, even though you know that’s the right word for this situation. Yes, I am talking to you!
You may want to consider getting someone to help you do this task. Even though it is not complicated, it will be physically hard work. Choose someone you enjoy spending time with and who is fit because you will be working in a small room. It will be uncomfortable, warm and it will take a while to complete. I know, I am not really selling it am I? Since I am being honest, be prepared to hit your head a couple of times during this process.
Are you thinking of getting a loft conversion? If so, great idea!
Not only will it provide you and your family with more breathing space, but your home should also be worth more after it has been converted. This article provides you with a rough estimation of how much it would cost, not just in the UK, but various locations around the world.
First of all, you should know what factors affect the cost of a loft conversion. The cost of your loft conversion will vary depending on many factors.
Do you love nature? If so, you can surround your home with a beautiful garden. Garden design is a challenge for anyone. Many factors need to be considered when designing your own garden such as drainage, maintenance and practicality.
However, designing your own garden does not need to be a daunting task. With a few basic tools, you can draw up a garden plan. By drawing a design of your garden on paper, you can determine whether your garden design is feasible within the space you have available. It also provides you with a clear visual image of the garden you want to create. Detailed design plans also prevent costly mistakes regarding buying of materials and plants. This guide will make designing your own garden an easy task.
A Velux balcony roof window is also know as a Velux Cabrio. They can transform an ordinary roof window into a balcony in seconds. Velux balcony roof windows work by opening the top hung window, once the bottom vertical window is opened it allows access to the balcony. When closed these unique windows allow a lot of daylight to flood any room.
They are purchased as whole units and come with a safety railing. Being a very nice feature to any house, they are becoming increasingly popular.
Are you considering a bungalow hip to gable loft conversion. This article describes one of our loft conversion projects step-by-step, using real architect drawings and images of job progress.The Customers Existing Bungalow
Below are drawings of the customers original property. It was a 3-bedroom detached bungalow, with a garage. The height of the roof from inside the loft was approximately 3m, meaning great potential for loft conversion space.
Fig 1. Existing Bungalow, from the outside
(Image taken from DSB Property Designs Ltd. Architect Drawings)
Are you thinking about increasing the size of your property? If so, then you may be wondering what is a Mansard loft conversion is.
Mansard loft conversions is where a loft roof is modifyed so that the sloping part of the roof is almost flat (between 72 nad 90 degrees), and the sloping front wall being almost vertical. These types of conversions create the feeling of an extra storey rather than the usual loft conversion look.Advantages of Mansard Loft Conversions Is the best method to maximise a loft space. Makes the loft space look like an extra storey, rather than looking like a modified loft.
Velux (or roof light) conversions is where a loft space is converted into a room, Velux windows are installed between the existing rafters within the sloped roof. This means the existing loft space is converted without changing the structure of the roof, thus preventing the need for planning permission.Advantages of Velux Loft Conversions Velux loft conversions do not require planning permission. This is becuase the dimensions of the roof structure will not be changed. These types of conversions are the cheapest way of converting a loft space.