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    • Hanson’s Home and Garden Helps #37 Installing a Tile Back Splash Simone Barnett Robert Cummings Henry Debrosse Elaine Mom March 2010
    • Table of Contents Table of Figures .................................................................................................................. ii Table of Appendices .......................................................................................................... iii Objective ..............................................................................................................................1 Materials & Equipments ......................................................................................................1 Safety Precautions ................................................................................................................2 Site Preparation ....................................................................................................................2 Tile Preparation ....................................................................................................................2 Tile Installment ....................................................................................................................3 Grout Application ................................................................................................................4 Cleaning & Final Steps ........................................................................................................4 Appendix 1 ...........................................................................................................................5 Appendix 2 ...........................................................................................................................6 Appendix 3 ...........................................................................................................................7 Appendix 3 ...........................................................................................................................8 Glossary ...............................................................................................................................9 i
    • Table of Figures Figure 1 Notched Trowel ....................................................................................................1 Figure 2 Plain Tile ..............................................................................................................1 Figure 3 Safety Glasses .......................................................................................................1 Figure 4 Tile Cutter .............................................................................................................1 Figure 5 Tile Spacers ..........................................................................................................1 Figure 6 Protective Eyewear Symbol .................................................................................2 Figure 7 Remove Wall Covering .......................................................................................2 Figure 8 Outline and Measure.............................................................................................2 Figure 9 Apply Tile Adhesive.............................................................................................3 Figure 10 Remove Excess Grout ........................................................................................4 ii
    • Table of Appendices Appendix 1 Peer Review Form – Simone Barnett ..............................................................5 Appendix 2 Peer Review Form – Robert Cummings .........................................................6 Appendix 3 Peer Review Form – Henry Debrosse .............................................................7 Appendix 4 Peer Review Form – Elaine Mom ...................................................................8 iii
    • Objective Installing a tile back splash has never been easier. In this instruction manual, you will find the simple steps required along with the materials needed to add a tile back splash to your kitchen and/or bathroom. “Installing a tile back splash in the kitchen or bathroom can enhance the beauty of your home and add to its value.” Adding a tile back splash to your kitchen or bathroom will give you that finishing look you always wanted and capture the attention of any individual entering the room. A tile back splash can be an easy weekend project if you follow these steps. Materials & Equipments  2 small buckets or medium sized bowls  Disposable gloves (optional)  Grout Figure 1: Notched trowel  Masking tape  Notched trowel  Paper towels or rags  Pencil  Roll of blank paper (example: brown wrapping paper)  Ruler  Safety glasses  Soft towel or rag Figure 2: Plain Tile  Sponge  Tile (plain, corners, and bullnose)  Tile adhesive  Tile cutter (Available at Hanson’s or other home improvement stores)  Tile spacers  Water Figure 3: Safety glasses Figure 4: Tile Cutter Figure 5: Tile Spacers 1
    • Safety Precautions Figure 6: Protective Eyewear Symbol  Eye Protection is recommended at all times spent in the project workspace.  Hand and finger protection while handling any and all sharp devices is recommended.  Latex or vinyl gloves maybe worn to provide skin protection when working with tile adhesive and/or grout. Site Preparation Step 1 Remove any and all existing wall covering. Step 2 Repair any damage to the wall caused during the existing covering removal. Step 3 Figure 7: Remove existing Verify the wall is clean, smooth and free from debris. wall covering Step 4 Cover your existing countertop with a paper or plastic sheet to protect the surface. Tile Preparation Step 5 Attach a paper sheet to the approximate area to be tiled. Step 6 Outline the area to be tiled as exactly as possible utilizing a pencil and ruler. Figure 8: Outline and measure area 2
    • Step 7 Transfer your paper outline to a smooth, flat, level surface such as a tabletop or floor surface. Step 8 Measure to the center point of the desired area and draw a line. This line would be vertical if the paper was still mounted on the wall. Step 9 Lay out your tiles starting from this center point. Be sure to include tile spacers between your tiles. Please note that adjustments maybe made to facilitate easier or even less frequent cutting of the tiles. Tile Installation Step 10 Mark another centerline on the wall as on the removed paper sheet. Step 11 Apply the tile adhesive to the wall. Begin at the lower center point and cover an area roughly two square feet. Step 12 Place your tiles making sure to include spacers. Continue placing tiles, adhesive, and spacers outwards from your lower center starting point. Step 13 Mark your tile with a pencil and trim with the tile cutter when you reach within a single tiles width of the edge of your project area. Figure 9: Apply tile adhesive Step 14 Finish the tiled area with bull nosed tiles to provide an attractive edge. Step 15 Allow the tile adhesive to dry. This should require approximately 6 hours. 3
    • Grout Application Step 16 Prepare the grout as per the manufacturers instructions in a bowl or bucket. Combine the grout and water until the mixture is uniform. Step 17 Spread the grout diagonally across the tiles using a sponge. Be sure to work he grout completely into the area between the tiles. Once again your work area should be approximately two square feet. Step 18 Repeat this process scraping off any excess grout before applying new grout to your sponge. Step 19 Remove all excess grout from the tiles. Return the excess grout to the bucket. Step 20 Rinse the sponge in a bucket or bowl of clean water and gently wipe off the surface of your tiles. Wipe the sponge diagonally removing the excess grout. Any heavy concentrations of grout should Figure 10: Remove be removed. excess grout Step 21 Allow the tiles and grout to sit for 15 minutes. Cleaning & Final Steps Step 22 Wipe a clean soft cloth over the tiles removing the grout residue or haze. Step 23 Repeat the wiping every thirty minutes until all residue or haze is removed 4
    • Appendix 1 PROJECT PEER REVIEW FORM Please judge the quality of each team member's contribution to the group project by allocating the sum of 100% among all members. For example, given a three-member team, Member 1, who did a good job, gets 30%; Member 2, who did a mediocre job, gets 15%, and Member 3, who did an outstanding job, gets 55%. Perform this allocation twice: once, including yourself, and a second time, excluding yourself. Your name: Simone Barnett Team member name: Percent Allocated (include Percent Allocated (exclude yourself) yourself) Elaine K. Mom 30% 45% Simone Barnett 30% 0% Robert Cummings 25% 35 % Henry Debrosse 15% 20% Totals: 100% 100% Comments: I did not feel our group had synergy I will take some responsibility. We changed the topic from the Museum to Backsplash late in the game. I don’t know how often Henry checks email but when a project is due it is necessary to check regularly. We had a hard time getting Henry up to date yet once we did he did prepare the steps however Rob and I had already done the steps. Needless to say there was over lapping. We did decide to use the format Henry used because it was easier to edit. Overall Elaine was the glue and she was very accommodating with all the changes and she helped me get the pictures together that Rob sent. I am not that great at computer usage. I was not that sure of how to allocate the percentages excluding myself so I did it as if I had no input and look from the outside. 5
    • Appendix 2 PROJECT PEER REVIEW FORM Please judge the quality of each team member's contribution to the group project by allocating the sum of 100% among all members. For example, given a three-member team, Member 1, who did a good job, gets 30%; Member 2, who did a mediocre job, gets 15%, and Member 3, who did an outstanding job, gets 55%. Perform this allocation twice: once, including yourself, and a second time, excluding yourself. Your name: Robert Cummings Team member name: Percent Allocated (include Percent Allocated (exclude yourself) yourself) Robert Cummings 25% Elaine Mom 25% 33% Simone Barnett 25% 33% Henry Debrosse 25% 33% Totals: 100% 100% Comments: I think this project was very even as far as effort and workload goes. A couple members of the group did separate variations of the instructions on their own initiative. I think people just wanted to make sure they contributed and it was not just wasted effort. It was good we had some different choices and it’s much better than no one wanting to do anything. So in the end I think everyone spent a very equal amount of time and effort and I think the final product looks fantastic. 6
    • Appendix 3 PROJECT PEER REVIEW FORM Please judge the quality of each team member's contribution to the group project by allocating the sum of 100% among all members. For example, given a three-member team, Member 1, who did a good job, gets 30%; Member 2, who did a mediocre job, gets 15%, and Member 3, who did an outstanding job, gets 55%. Perform this allocation twice: once, including yourself, and a second time, excluding yourself. Your name: Henry Debrosse Team member name: Percent Allocated (include Percent Allocated (exclude yourself) yourself) Henry Debrosse 25% Elaine Mom 25% 33% Simone Barnett 25% 33% Robert Cummings 25% 33% Totals: 100% 100% Comments: I think this project turned out very well. We did experience some problems when first starting the project but things rolled along pretty well once we got started with the project. I believe that everyone did a fair share of the workload and played significant roles in ensuring that this project was completed. 7
    • Appendix 4 PROJECT PEER REVIEW FORM Please judge the quality of each team member's contribution to the group project by allocating the sum of 100% among all members. For example, given a three-member team, Member 1, who did a good job, gets 30%; Member 2, who did a mediocre job, gets 15%, and Member 3, who did an outstanding job, gets 55%. Perform this allocation twice: once, including yourself, and a second time, excluding yourself. Your name: Elaine K. Mom Team member name: Percent Allocated (include Percent Allocated (exclude yourself) yourself) Elaine K. Mom 25% 0.00% Simone Barnett 25% 33.33% Robert Cummings 25% 33.33% Henry Debrosse 25% 33.33% Totals: 100% 99.99% Comments: The team did a great job in coming together to finalize the project. Although we waited to the final week to start, we made significant progress in a matter of days. Everyone played a role and the work was equally divided. I don’t believe one person did more than the next. 8
    • Glossary Bullnose Tile that has one or two finished edges Notched trowel A hand trowel with a serrated edge Tile spacers Small pieces of plastic, often shaped like the letter “x,” that are placed between tiles so that the tiles are evenly spaced Tile Cutter An instrument that scores a tile and then clamps it until the tile breaks 9