How to Edge Kitchen Tile

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When edging kitchen tile, complete the borders first before laying the tiles in the center of the surface. Learn more about edging kitchen tile 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, and today I'm going to show you how to edge kitchen tile. Here we are at our kitchen and we're going to show you how to edge the face of a countertop. Again, cabinets, sink, rough top, Hardiback and Hardibacker is the last thing that goes down on top of your plywood rough top before you start setting tile. You can either float it or you can just go down to your local supply store and pick up some of this Hardibacker and just cut it in and it gets screwed directly into the rough top and whenever you're doing any tile project you always want to do your borders first and in this case we're going to do our front edge first. These are our front edges. It's a V-cap, see a V-cap and this particular one has what's called a no drip edge meaning if water comes running down it stops here and doesn't water fall over the countertop. The first place you want to start in this particular situation is the center of your sink. Find the center of your sink, make a mark, make a mark in the center of your tile and that's where it's going to start and the reason we do that is because from this point on, all the way to your corners, are going to be full individual pieces and then you can make your short cuts on each corner and everything looks symmetrical. You lay it down, push down on it and let the stuff ooze out, the thinset and you just work your way one way or the other, whichever way you want to work. Grab a spacer, lay it down, put your spacer in, press down. It's always good to have a bucket close by for clean up and you just keep working your way down until, we're going to set four of them, need a spacer, press down, let it ooze out, keep them nice and straight. If you have to, go back and adjust one to line up the one that you just set down and never mix any more thinset than you're going to use at that particular time, spacer, drop it in. You just keep working your way down to the end and when you get to the corners, you could either take these and you can set them up on your saw and cut a miter on them and just bring them together or some places they have, on some specific tiles, they do make an actual corner piece that's already prefabbed, set it and then just work your way down. But that's basically about it. Once you get yourself going down a little bit and you can start to feel these set up, you can see that these are actually starting to set up rather quickly, it's best to just work your way back, grab a sponge and to just clean up some of the excess thinset that you laid down and that way it doesn't harden up on you. Once you get your front edges on, everything is good, your perimeters, your borders, everything around your sink, your field tile has been laid. You want to wait at least 24 hours before you grout.

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