Floor Tiling

Has anyone had a crack at tiling their own floor and would they recommend giving it a crack or calling in a tradie? Going to start out with the main living areas and will likely install floorboards in the bedrooms so around 54m2 and mostly open plan living.

 
As far as my handyman skill go I’d say I was half handy and did my own brick paving but with the old man overseeing the prep work to get the levels right.
 
Failing that does anyone know what the going rate is for laying 455x455 tiles?
 
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It's actually really easy,

Mon, 2017-08-07 16:19

It's actually really easy, it's all in the planning and prep, laying the tiles is the easy part. I have open plan living, levelled the floor out and removed all high spots, then marked out the floor so I knew where all the tiles would reach and also so I had an even cut of tiles around to all the walls. There is an art to setting your tiles out, direction wise for aesthetics if you research you will understand what I am talking about, but with a bit of research and half a brain you can save yourself a fortune. I can't stress anymore - " Planning & Prep ". Good luck

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easy enough

Mon, 2017-08-07 16:31

yes it is easy enough and agree prep is the key. The most certain part of the job is that your knees and back will hate you for deciding to do it yourself!

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 make sure you clean all

Mon, 2017-08-07 16:32

 make sure you clean all concrete floors with the correct stuff as down the track the tiles will start to lift. prep is everything

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Yep have done tiling a few

Mon, 2017-08-07 16:34

Yep have done tiling a few times with some pretty big areas....and also with some reasonably intricate bits but It's pretty basic if you are half handy. not hard to get a pro finish. Grouting SUX.....need a new back thinking about it.
I bought my own tile cutter (cheap electric one from bunnings which worked perfectly.

AS above do a lot of prep work ...especially if you have a slight sloping drain in laundry etc.

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A good tip is

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:26

 There is a cement type product which is specifically for floor levelling. That stuff is gold! Mix it up, push it around where needed and it basically finds its own level. Worth looking into. They sell it at Bunnings ect. As for tile cutting, get the right blade for a 6 inch grinder and that makes the job piece of cake. Also a cheap and basic tile cutter works wonders (the ones where it scores the tile then puts pressure on either side and does a clean break of the tile)

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 I did 80 square meters on

Mon, 2017-08-07 19:38

 I did 80 square meters on our place when we bought it and used 600x600mm tiles yeah it wasn't a hard job take your time I have 2 tiles that I can't not look at when I walk past them as I know there not perfect but u can get that when someone else lays them. Would I do it again NO knees and back suffered for almost a month afterwards. If you want to save some money getting a tiler to do it do the grout yourself but again a long tedious job. As said above I wont do it again maybe small rooms but not a while house.

One tip if u do do it yourself start on the longest run u look at ie. I walk In to my front door and can see to the back of my house so started in the middle of that area and.worked out so i had a nice straight line running down the house.

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 5" grinder with a diamond

Mon, 2017-08-07 19:43

 5" grinder with a diamond blade for cutting around door frames is essential and a bench type electric cutter will make life so much easier. One thing to note is finding somwhere square to start from as a lot of corners in house walls aren't. when you do work out a square area just work out from there. Big tiles can be a bastard if you have any bigger lumps in your floor so might be worth having a 5" concrete grinding disc to knock those off as well.

 

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 Yeh i have done a few. Good

Mon, 2017-08-07 20:09

 Yeh i have done a few. Good prep work is a key. Good tile cutter makes life easy. I bought a sigma 600mm cant beat it!

Score tiles with tile cutter before you cut with angle grinder for better finishes, especially mitres.

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 I did 75m2 of 600x300 tiles

Tue, 2017-08-08 07:21
  1.  I did 75m2 of 600x300 tiles but I used an electric tile cutter but paid extra for a good Dimond blade and turned out awesome 
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 Pretty basic, key is to work

Tue, 2017-08-08 08:31

 Pretty basic, key is to work out where to start with a full tile so that the smaller cut tiles look OK. Also agree that grouting SUX. Seems easy but it's not that easy to get a good finish and if the tiling it good and the grouting is rubbish, the job will look rubbish. 

As above, surface prep is important and so is applying the adhesive correctly but it's all pretty basic stuff.

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use a stringline and mark the floor

Tue, 2017-08-08 08:35

 need to ensure that it finishes square to front & sides ,lay out couple of tiles then measure from front to back then move sideways if need be so you see what waistage your getting, also you will need  a 3metre ? strait edge and really what your doing is laying the tiles hard up that edge then move it and repeat that way you get a perfect line , if you start going out of square its going to be a disaster , if your using porcelain or tiles 600sq. then put a thin coat of glue to the back of the tile so the glue on the floor and the glue on the tile binds together after you tap it a few times , thats stops drummy tiles. ideally start from the front door with  full tile , but can adjust if at the end of the run you end up with slither of tile.for a tiler minimum 1,800.00 plus glue plus grout , anycase ask the tile shop what the going rate is for their tilers.

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Cheers lads. I promised the

Tue, 2017-08-08 08:38

Cheers lads. I promised the Mrs I'd tile the house after I recovered from my knee reco last May and it is playing up after helping the old man build a patio on the weekend. Might have to rethink doing this myself for a while longer.

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prep is the secret

Tue, 2017-08-08 09:54

Measure the room, and see that its square, if its too far out of square, laying the tiles on an angle will help camouflage the problem, when I had my house partly rebuilt one wall in the kitchen living area was a full brick out from end to end. Using a chalk string line helps too.

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prep is the secret

Tue, 2017-08-08 09:54

Measure the room, and see that its square, if its too far out of square, laying the tiles on an angle will help camouflage the problem, when I had my house partly rebuilt one wall in the kitchen living area was a full brick out from end to end. Using a chalk string line helps too.

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 Frosty .. Knee .. Reno

Tue, 2017-08-08 10:03

 Frosty .. Knee .. Reno return date .. TBA

 
My first tiling job was my large kitchen area  .. I gave myself about a 6-7 / 10 so quite a bit shy of perfect with some of the tiles a little bit out of whack level wise . I should’ve done my apprenticeship with the smaller laundry etc rather than a large open area first up .
 
I’d be inclined to take some pics and send them to a few tradies for some quotes and weigh it up from there unless your really keen and confident of at least a 9/10 . Plus there’s a good chance they’d knock it up in half the time . If you wanted to save a bit of coin opt to just do the grouting yourself . 
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 I'm more cagey with the Mrs

Tue, 2017-08-08 11:24

 I'm more cagey with the Mrs about my return date than Rosco is about Harley's

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 Message reprobait bloody

Fri, 2017-08-11 07:15

 Message reprobait bloody good tiler and not far from you