How to Tile Kitchen Counters

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Tiling your kitchen counter creates a multipurpose work space. Tile your counters with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a Contractor from the City of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to tile a kitchen counter. Alright, here we are at our market kitchen again, and we're going to do some tiling on a kitchen counter. First thing you want to start off with is obviously you have your cabinets set and then, on top of the cabinet is going to be the rough top which is going to be your plywood material on top of the kitchen cabinets. And on top of that, the product that we're going to use today is called Hardy Back which is a concrete substance in which the, the fence set adheres to and then the tile goes on top of that. The best place to start would obviously be the center of the sink. Make your centerline and then your first V cap, find the center and then, that's where you're going to start. Line those two lines up and so, you'd start up with the center and work your way down. But, for the purposes of this little instructional video, you're going to leave this here, you'd fill this in, come down to the corner. First thing we want to start off with is going to be the front, the, the front edge and we're going to use these V caps. And the V caps are special tile that is designed specifically for the front of the counters. You can see that it has a, what's called a no-drip edge; so, as the water comes down, it doesn't go up and over. First thing we want to do is, is our thin set and just butter the part that is going to go up against there on top of the counter. You just want to firmly press down on it with the thin set; loose out the sides and grab a spacer, grab another V cap; set that down there, put the spacer in and just push down 'till they're even on top, nice and flat, pushed up against the spacer. And you just want to work your way down all around any edge that's going to get it. Next step is going to be doing the actual counter. You just want to lay the stuff down, get plenty on there, we're using the six-inch tile. You're going to take this notch trowel and you're just going to start at about a forty five degree angle or little less, just troweling it around. You can see that the, the trowel makes the little notches. You just creates, get it up against your edge tiles, just firmly press down and just let it rip. And you take your first tile, couple of the spacers and you just want to firmly press down until you get it where you want it. Get your spacers in and you just want it to grow on. The one thing you don't want to do is makes too much of this more than you're going to use 'cause it does dry up pretty fast. And you just want to push, adjust, grab the next one, making sure all your spacers where they need to be and just keep moving along. And you always want to start in the front and you want to work your way back. And the reason that is you want all your full cuts to be mostly seen. Now, we'll use the six-inch ones and as you can see, eventually we're going to work our way to the back and we're going to need one that's a five. You just basically take your pencil, mark where you want to cut it, taking into consideration your spacers and then, just take your tile to the tile saw and make your cut and then just work your way towards the back. So, as you can see, where we just keep filling them in and then, we've had a, about a three quarter inch cut in the back and that's how you lay kitchen tile.

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