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How To Tile A Shower


Tiling a shower wall is a skilled job, and has a very different method to tiling the rest of your bathroom area.

Here at Thompson & Parkes we have done a step by step guide for you to follow, making all your DIY dreams possible.

Don’t forget to pop into one of our stores to get all the tools you’ll need for the job!

Step 1 - Mark a Center Point

Find and mark the center point on the wall and draw a plumb line as a reference mark. Measure up 13” – the height of one row of tiles plus the grout line – and draw a level line. These two lines will guide the initial tile installation.

Step 2 – Apply Masking Tape

Apply mesh tape to the cement board seams.

Step 3 – Mask The Edges

Spread a drop cloth over the shower pan and mask the edge of the shower pan with painter’s tape.

Step 4 – Mix the Thinset

Use a drill with a paddle bit to mix thins and tile adhesive to the manufacturer’s instructions. The adhesive should be about the consistency of cake frosting.

Step 5 – Apply the thinset

Use ¼ x ¼ notched trowel to spread thing set over the first area to be tiles. Hold the trowel at a 45 degree angle to spread the adhesive, then use the notched edge to leave grooves in the adhesive. These air pockets help the tile adhere better.

Step 6 – Mark the First Tile

Measure and mark the center of the first tile. Line this tile up with the reference lines on the cement board so that it’s flush with the horizontal line and centered on the vertical line. Press the tile into place, giving it a wiggle to help it seat properly in the adhesive.

Step 7 – Set The Remaining Tiles

Continue setting tiles, working out from the center. Use tile spacers to create even grout joints. Sponge ant excess thinset from the tiles during the installation.

Step 8 – Cut the tiles

Cut tiles as needed using wet saw. The water in the saw helps keep the saw cool and lubricated as well as capturing the dust from the cuts.

Step 9 – Apply Grout

Allow the adhesive to cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Mix and apply grout once the adhesive is cured, then apply grout sealer after the grout is cured.

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