Step 4: Cut Tile to Fit

Cut tiles to fit
Photo by: Webb Chappell
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Where the tiles need to be cut to fit against a corner or ceiling, hold a full tile in place and mark where it overlaps the last full tile already on the wall.

Place the tile to be trimmed on the tile cutter so the mark lines up with the cutting wheel. Slide the cutter's adjustable fence against the edge of the tile so that you can cut the remaining tiles without marking each one. With slight downward pressure, pull the cutting wheel across the face of the tile to score the glaze. Do not score the tile twice. Press down on the handle to snap the tile in two.

Lay tiles with their cut edges against the corner or ceiling.
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    Tools List

    • notched trowel
      Notched trowel,
      used to apply tile mastic
    • grout sponge
      Grout sponge,
      for wiping tiles clean
    • rubber trowel
      Rubber trowel,
      for applying the grout
    • drill
      Drill with diamond-grit hole saw,
      for drilling holes in tile
    • tile nippers
      Tile nippers,
      used to notch tiles to fit around plumbing
    • margin trowel
      Margin trowel,
      used to mix mortar and grout
    • tile cutter
      Tile cutter,
      rents for $15 to $20 a day
    • two-foot level
      Level and straightedge
    • drywall knife
      4-in. drywall knife,
      to embed joint tape in mortar
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun with siliconized acrylic caulk

    Shopping List

    1. GLAZED CERAMIC TILE

    2. LATEX TILE MASTIC

    3. UNSANDED TILE GROUT

    4. CEMENT BACKER BOARD

    5. BACKER BOARD SCREWS

    6. FIBERGLASS-MESH JOINT TAPE

    7. THINSET MORTAR

    for skim-coating the backer board



    8. LATEX-BASED GROUT ADDITIVE

    to strengthen the grout