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Old 11-07-2014, 06:13 AM
 
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The most important part is using the correct underlayment for a foundation, if it is needed.

Its not rocket science, you just have to have a bit of common sense and be detail oriented.
^^This. It's really not hard, especially considering how insane the cost of professional install is. Cutting around the plumbing for under the toilet is not a big deal. Just get a good tile saw and have some extra tile on hand because you will make mistakes. For tricky areas, fit the tiles dry before you set them in place.

We have only once paid for a "professional" tile install and it was an absolute nightmare. Pure hell. Never again; I'll take my chances with DIY!
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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If you research well and use high quality materials and go slow and focus on detail yes you can do it. The surface the tile is installed on must be flat. Use a suitable material to make the surface flat. If the tile is heavy then the correct adhesive must be used to support the weight of the tile when the adhesive is wet. Levelers must be used so that the surface of the tile is flat in relation to each other. Larger tiles require mud on the back of the tile as well as the surface the tile will be installed on. A grinder can cut the hole in the tile for the toilet. A special hole cutter with diamond blade can cut the hole on wall tile for pipes.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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A wet saw is very easy to use and your cuts around plumbing don't have to be perfect because the base of the toilet will cover them. Another thing to keep in mind when buying tile is to make sure it all has the same dye lot #. You might be very disappointed if you have mixed lots and notice a shade difference after the job is complete. Don't over think it, it's not that difficult.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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We have tiled both our bathrooms and it is totally within the realm of anyone with half a brain. If you are using large tiles, it is worth it to rent a tile saw for a day. By this I mean, get your main tiles in, and then do all your tile cutting in one day at the end.
Keep your lines plumb. Plan your layout before you put anything down. Get a How-to book, or study on it on the internet until you understand everything, such as what will happen at the doorways.
You will need a hand saw to shorten the trim at the doorways.
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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just a little tip, cveramic tile is very sharp when cut, never ever touch the edge, how do I Know?, lets just say, I'll never touch an edge of ceramic tile ever again.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:52 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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Stupid flipper who sold us our house (long story: it was the only house available that met our requirements in our neighborhood of choice) put tile down directly over the subfloor. The tile began cracking immediately, which tipped us off that there was a problem. Now, several years later, the grout is disintegrating, and it will be a messy and expensive job to replace it all. It's well worth ithe trouble and expense to do things right the first time.
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