Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile

Welcome to John Bridge / Tile Your World, the friendliest DIY Forum on the Internet


Advertiser Directory
JohnBridge.com Home
Buy John Bridge's Books

Go Back   Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile > Tile & Stone Forums > Professionals' Hangout

Sponsors


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Unread 07-19-2014, 07:09 PM   #1
wessendorf15
tile/stone setter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: palm bay florida
Posts: 26
1500 sq/ft job advice

hi my name is brendan im sorta of new to the contractors thing been doing tile work for 5 years now and im just starting a business. for myself laying tile. i have done some rooms and other small things bathroom remodels act. i just got a call for a house for 1500 sq/ft and was wanting some advice on how to measure and square it out. and any other tips to make my life easier and get the job done a little quicker. thank you
__________________
Brendan
wessendorf15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Unread 07-19-2014, 07:18 PM   #2
Houston Remodeler
Pondering retirement daily

STAR Senior Contributor

 
Houston Remodeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 28,236
Brendan,

Welcome to the forum.

I suggest buying and studying John's books, and reading the library here on the forum. Then get lost in the threads of the Pro's hang out for a few days.
__________________
Paul1

For when DIY isn't such a good idea...
Houston TX area Kitchen & Bath Remodeling


http://CabotAndRowe.com
Houston Remodeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-19-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
wessendorf15
tile/stone setter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: palm bay florida
Posts: 26
ive done it for awhile with a quality guy. but im young 21 years old and i know but i need to know any advice that could help me with future jobs
__________________
Brendan
wessendorf15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-19-2014, 07:34 PM   #4
Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
Registered Muser
 
Tiger Mountain Tile Inc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Issaquah, Washington
Posts: 7,322
Brendan, welcome!

When you say "advice on how to measure and square it out"- what does this mean? Are you referring to the bidding process or the installation end of it?
__________________
James Upton
How-to mix a small batch of thinset perfectly, every time.
Tiger Mountain Tile Inc is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-19-2014, 07:41 PM   #5
Jim Cordes
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Posts: 728
can't just know everything that quick...get the job, ask for advice, do the best you can,....study as you work. very important to research every job as you get them ...then before you know it you will start feeling comfortable.

yea it can be scary but being prepared helps alot.

you can even post pics here and ask questions. as far as bidding..that can be hard to do until you get rolling and find out what you need to charge..

give the customer the best job you can do and you will prosper. if you don't then not only will you have many problems but you won't get repeat business.

knowledge is power....power is money
__________________
Jim
Jim Cordes is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-19-2014, 08:56 PM   #6
wessendorf15
tile/stone setter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: palm bay florida
Posts: 26
that's what i have been doing and i seem to be doing quality work and getting referred out alot to my customers friends. this job is very important cause its for a high ranking military man who could be detrimental to my word of mouth. so i want it to be perfect
__________________
Brendan
wessendorf15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-19-2014, 09:50 PM   #7
Davy
Moderator -- Mud Man
 
Davy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Princeton,Tx.- Dallas area
Posts: 34,196
Hi Brendan, welcome. Like the others said, read, read, and read some more. By reading, you will find some things you're doing wrong. You'll also learn how to do things the right way. I can say this because all of us here have been in your shoes. I've been around tile work all my life and been setting tile nearly 40 years and I'm still learning.
__________________
Davy

www.davystephenstile.com
Davy is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-19-2014, 10:42 PM   #8
Houston Remodeler
Pondering retirement daily

STAR Senior Contributor

 
Houston Remodeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 28,236
After the reading, ask a few thousand questions.
__________________
Paul1

For when DIY isn't such a good idea...
Houston TX area Kitchen & Bath Remodeling


http://CabotAndRowe.com
Houston Remodeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-20-2014, 09:46 AM   #9
PetrH
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chilliwack, B.C.
Posts: 1,405
"how to measure and square it out" Here's how I do it. I take the longest wall in the largest room, or the longest hallway that leads to a large room. I snap a line parallel to that, one tile +1/8" out from the wall. then I check every wall in the house off of that line to make sure I don't end up with any slivers 2" or smaller. Then I repeat with a perpendicular wall, keeping that line square to the first line. For a whole house this can take a couple of hours to do properly.

Also figure out some narrow points every 15 to 20 ft to put in expansion joints.
__________________
Petr
PetrH is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-20-2014, 10:30 AM   #10
Jim Cordes
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Posts: 728
don't trust exterior doors or cabinets, use a long straight edge on the wall if it is wavy, don't measure off of joint compound in the corners, measure using the widest distances for more accuracy,learn how to do a 3-4-5 to check and how to use it to get a perpendicular line off of just one line.if using spacers understand how they will creep over distance,use different color chalk lines for layout and final lines, understand when its best to center the room and when it will be better to start full tile off of noticable places. make sure crooked walls are less noticable by having bigger pieces on them.. There are alot of little tricks to make the job look proper. It comes with time

you should know basically what size cuts you will have on all the walls before you start setting tile
__________________
Jim
Jim Cordes is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-20-2014, 10:32 AM   #11
HS345
Tile Contractor
 
HS345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sherrodsville, Ohio
Posts: 6,606
Quote:
Originally Posted by Petr
"how to measure and square it out" Here's how I do it. I take the longest wall in the largest room, or the longest hallway that leads to a large room. I snap a line parallel to that, one tile +1/8" out from the wall. then I check every wall in the house off of that line to make sure I don't end up with any slivers 2" or smaller. Then I repeat with a perpendicular wall, keeping that line square to the first line. For a whole house this can take a couple of hours to do properly.

Also figure out some narrow points every 15 to 20 ft to put in expansion joints.
An accurate laser square can really speed up this process. "Accurate", being the key word. Don't buy the $49 Stanley at Home Repo, I made that mistake. Learn from my mistake.
__________________
The name's Greg
HS345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-20-2014, 01:14 PM   #12
Davy
Moderator -- Mud Man
 
Davy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Princeton,Tx.- Dallas area
Posts: 34,196
I'm with Greg, a laser is a great tool for this. I have one that shoots a 90* L beam and I can set it parallel with one wall and check others at the same time.
__________________
Davy

www.davystephenstile.com
Davy is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-20-2014, 06:13 PM   #13
wessendorf15
tile/stone setter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: palm bay florida
Posts: 26
wow thanks guys for the advice! i have been in it over 5 years with a guy and its a totally different story when you have to do it all on your own! im really liking this forum and is going picture my progress with you guys !
__________________
Brendan
wessendorf15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-20-2014, 07:02 PM   #14
Autoplay
Tile Setter
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Sarasota FL
Posts: 1,846
How did the guy you worked for/with....layout floors etc?
__________________
Rich
Autoplay is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 07-20-2014, 07:20 PM   #15
wessendorf15
tile/stone setter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: palm bay florida
Posts: 26
when i watched he squared it out then would go from the walls and measure the walls. i just never understood how he did it. and dont want to ask cause im trying to fill the schedule in with him still while i slowly grow my clientele.
__________________
Brendan
wessendorf15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Stonetooling.com   Tile-Assn.com   National Gypsum Permabase


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gonna pull the trigger onna Chev 1500 tomorrow - any thoughts? MudMaker The Mud Box 115 08-02-2013 08:56 AM
1500 sq/ft tile - installation karencitas Tile Forum/Advice Board 5 12-12-2012 05:54 PM
daunting 1500+ square feet of tile need help!! raventran Tile Forum/Advice Board 2 04-17-2011 06:40 AM
Laticrete 4237 with 1500 series Grout Lia Tile Forum/Advice Board 17 09-27-2006 09:07 AM
My new MBath - 1500 lbs. of tile drfarley Tile Forum/Advice Board 4 02-01-2004 08:46 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:02 AM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2018 John Bridge & Associates, LLC