Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"Laying Tile" and other euphemisms, part deux.


Operation Fix this Fucking House is up and running again!

Today I am attempting to replace my checkered tile kitchen floor myself. I have never done anything like this before and I'm pretty much winging it. Pictures to follow if/when I actually finish and assuming I'm not in the hospital recovering from extreme glue inhalation.

This will be interesting, methinks.

I can use scotch tape to stick the tiles down, right? Right?

I thought so- this should be a piece of cake...

22 comments:

T.J. said...

Scotch tape only works if you're drinking scotch while you use it.

I have every confidence in you.

Anonymous said...

No, no. Use double sided tape.

Then just look at it from afar.

Patti

SkylersDad said...

If you go with scotch tape, you lose out on the sniffing glue factor. I recommend against that.

Keith said...

Human feces has a good tacky glue-like consistency that may be helpful in your tile setting.

Or so I've heard ...

Mojito said...

I prefer using gum over Scotch Tape. It gives the tiles a little "bounce".

Imnotbenny said...

2 things:

1) I am never going to simstones house. Ever.

2) See number one.

Savitra said...

Save yourself the grief, put the tile down without glue ... that way you can change to other tile colors when the mood (or LSD) hits.

Kim said...

The only experience I have with tiling was unfortunately when I helped install some bathroom tile while under the influence of some really good narcotics (I'd just had my wisdom teeth out). Sadly once they figured out how loopy I was, they only allowed me to mix up grout and carry them the supplies. Bastards.
Good luck to you; I'm sure you'll do great with it. Unless you're on narcotics. Then you won't care either way.

John said...

I prefer laying pipe to laying tile. Heh. : )

Stacey said...

Wow, really ? Those are the kind of projects I turn all ultra female (which is really funny considering my post today) and act like I can't do because I know they'd frustrate the shit outta me. But more power to you ;)

You my dear, can do anything you put your little ol' Whiskey Mind to.

Fancy Schmancy said...

That's the kind of project that is so f'ing frustrating I'd rather pay a professional to do it! I wish you the very best of luck, and hope you remember your geometry!

Lisa said...

MathMan uses duct tape for everything. I have a glut of snot right now. Whatever I can do to help....

Gwen said...

We miss you.

i am playing outside said...

good luck!

apparently my mom got one of our bathrooms tiled, and it spurred her desired to get the entire downstairs of the house refloored, which will happen this weekend. i cant wait. renovations make me happy lol

diatribes and dish said...

How enterprising of you! Me? I just let Mr. W do that kind of stuff while I lay on the couch, watching TV and eating truffles.

Aunt Snow said...

You're way braver than I am.

Jon said...

Good for you, WM! I'm some what of a Tile Laying Expert, having performed the task as many as one time.

The best advice I can give you is to rearrange your furniture when you're done to cover up any mistakes. (Large house plants are perfect for that sort of thing.) And don't forget: glue side goes down. I forgot that one, and ended up tiling my dog by mistake.

Veronica said...

Use duct tape. For everything. Scotch tape is for ninnies.

Suze said...

I'm pretty sure you don't have to do anything to get the tiles to stick. I believe some magical sticky tile fairy sets them at night. Just take my word for it, ok?

gorillabuns said...

we glued our shit down and so far so good, nothing has fallen in the middle of the night.

Stefanie said...

I am confident you can do this. And once you've done it, you'll have all the experience you need to come and retile my bathroom for me.

What? No??

O.G. said...

scotch tape works, but remember to turn it sticky side up and make a circle with it by attaching one end of the tape to the other end...but becareful that it doesn't twist or you'll be screwed and have to start with a whole new piece of tape.

Can't you just paint black and white squares on whatever is underneath the old flooring?