We held the third Handy DIY workshop this week and this time it was Tiling. Tiling can be especially tricky and prone to all sorts of DIY disasters so we invited a group of budding DIYers to our Handy London HQ to learn some pro tricks!
Our guests learned about how to remove old tiles and prepare walls for tiling, how to set out tiles and finally, how to grout and seal. We rounded the evening off with plenty of Franco Manca Pizza and beer from London Fields Brewery.
Thanks to everyone who joined us and made it such a success. We have exciting plans for our next DIY event so watch this space and we hope to see you there!
Guests got involved and had a go at everything, some of the top tips they learned included:
- To remove old tiles from a wall, the easiest thing to do is to smash one from the centre and then work out from there, carefully removing the other tiles in one piece.
2. It’s essential to use an adhesive comb when applying adhesive to tiles, this creates air bubbles and allows them to bond to the wall without sliding off.
3. When drilling into tiles it’s essential to use a tile drill bit or your tiles will smash, but if you’re drilling into tiles already on the wall, you should use a dual tile and masonry bit, allowing you to easily drill straight through both.
4. Tiles can be cut using a number of different tile cutters to score the tile, the tile can then be placed over another tile and simply snapped into the desired shape or size.