Originally Posted by wendyB
its a small bathroom but is this something that i could do? I would love to do the tile- few questions...i have an idea of laiyng tile and i think i could do a basic room but bathroom kind of intimidates me- the perfect cutting around toilet and around the tubes that go into floor.
Is this something i could really do by myself? its got vynil floor right now- what base would i have to have? its wood underneath that, could i work right on top of that wood? what tools would i need to cut tile? and of all rooms i have the belief that a bathroom would be the hardest for a first timer to do, is this accurate?
Thaks for the help!
I'm leaving details out but I'll try and outline the process and answer your questions...
Cutting around the toilet. You remove the toilet and cut to the flange in the floor. Bad cuts are hidden when you re-install the toilet. (Same with vinyl tile)
You have wood under the vinyl right now. Probably 1/4" luan on top of a 3/4" subfloor. You would remove the old vinyl and the luan. Then install a tile backer board and tile on top of that.
To cut tile - I would recomend you try and borrow a cheap tile saw. Lots of people buy them for one job. New the cheap saws are about $100 or less. Ask around, I'll bet you could find one.
Cutting around pipes - Usually these cuts are also hidden by cabinets or at least flanges.
The backer board is installed in thinset (mortar you mix in a bucket) and then screwed down before the thinset dries. The tiles are installed with the same thinset and spaced evenly. a notched trowel ensures the thinset is consistent thickness.
When the thinset dries (overnight) you then grout.
When the grout is dried and cleaned up you caulk next to the tub and then re-install any cabinets, toilet, and basebord you may have removed.
The bathroom is pretty easy if you are doing just the floor and its a small space in my opinion.