Tommy's Trade Secrets
DIY tutorials

Easy to follow DIY tutorials covering a range of tasks from the basic to more advanced jobs. All tutors are professional tradesmen practising on a day-to-day basis.

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COURSE: How to Tile and Grout a Floor
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Why wile away your days when you can tile them away? Part 1 of 3, this lesson from Tommy's Trade Secrets teaches you how to tile a bathroom or kitchen floor. Learn how to plan your tile arrangement and mark your room accordingly - and the best practices for sealing your floor with PVA glue, spacing your tiles, and laying tile on an uneven surface. Continue with the series to learn how to cut tile for corners, edges, and doorways - and how to grout and finish your tiling project.

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Cut your floor-tiling project down to size! Part 2 of 3, this lesson from Tommy's Trade Secrets teaches you how to trim tiles to fit corners, edges, and doorways. Learn how to measure, cut, and then apply your tile to the floor with adhesive. Follow along to understand which tile cutters work best, but remember: when using an electrical cutter, be careful not to force the tile: let the blade do the work! And, as usual - safety first! Always wear your safety goggles when cutting tile.

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You've most of laid your tile, so now it's time to complete your dazzling new bathroom floor! Part 3 of 3, this lesson from Tommy's Trade Secrets teaches you how to use a ruby or wet cutter to trim the tiles that abut your wall. See how to mix grout to the perfect consistency and then apply it, working it into the joints between tiles. Leave the grout for 10-15 minutes, clean the tile, and your floor is finished!

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Does your tile floor need a fresh look? Learn to apply a fresh layer of grout to any tiled surface with this step-by-step demonstration from Tommy's Trade Secrets - all you’ll need is a bag of grout, mixing bucket, trowel, squeegee, sponge, and clean water. Learn to mix the grout powder, apply it with a squeegee, and work it into all of the joints. After 10-15 minutes of drying, clean off the excess with a sponge and admire your handiwork!

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Tile flooring is beautiful and easy to clean, but what can you do when one tile cracks? In this lesson, learn how to remove an old tile in order to install a new one! You’ll need a few tools including a hammer, chisel, and safety glasses, as well as plenty of room (so remove any furniture or doors that are in your way). Finally, learn why it is imperative that you take the time to remove the old tile in its entirety, vacuuming up any bits that might remain before installing the new tile.

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Have you got a chipped or damaged tile in your bathroom or kitchen? In this lesson, Tommy's Trade Secrets teaches you how to lay a new tile so that your floor will look as good as new! Learn how to measure the space of the missing tile, cut the new tile to size with a wet diamond cutter (including trimming around tricky corners), mix and apply your adhesive, lay your tile, and then re-grout your floor.

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If you spend your free time watching HGTV and dreaming of the renovations you wish you could do to your house, but don’t have the budget to pay professional contractors for, learn how to do the renovations yourself! Some projects are not as difficult as they appear, and don’t require specialized knowledge. In this lesson, learn how to tile a wall. Tommy shows you how to prep your wall to ensure your tiles are straight, and to cut tiles. Plus, learn a quick fix to prevent tile slippage.

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