DIY: Gluing Down Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic tile is a widely used material, especially in the kitchens and bathrooms of many homes. Tiles generally are easy to clean and their placement provides a waterproof barrier. If you want to glue down a ceramic tile, you can do so with a latex mortar. It is quick-setting and works well for this application.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife
  • Wire brush
  • Water
  • Latex-fortified thinset mortar
  • Plastic bucket
  • Pointed trowel
  • 1/4 inch notched trowel
  • Wood block
  • Hammer
  • Clear the area on which you wish to glue down a ceramic tile with a wire brush and putty knife. Chip away any pre-existing mortar or glue with the putty knife and sweep away the debris with the wire brush.

  • Mix 2 cups of the tile mortar with 1/3 cup of water in a small plastic bucket. Integrate the mixture until the consistency is smooth. This amount will be enough for one, 8-inch tile. Mix more for extra tiles if needed.

  • Allow the mortar to stand for 10 minutes.

  • Scoop the mortar into place with a pointed trowel.

  • Spread the mortar so that it is 1/4 inch thick in all places. Rake the mortar with a 1/4 inch notched trowel.

  • Firmly press the tile into place.

  • Place a wood block on top of the tile and gently hammer the block with the rubber end of a hammer to set the tile.

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