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Install Tile around Fireplace

Updated:2013-11-07 16:29:10
Adding tile around a fireplace can really spruce up the entire room. Many older fireplaces are surrounded by brick, which often gives a dreary and unattractive look. Tile for fireplaces comes in many different styles, types, and patterns. Most home improvement stores offer a large selection of tiles that can be installed around a fireplace. Whether you are installing tile to the surround of the fireplace because of damaged existing surround, or just to give the fireplace a new look, you are sure to be pleased with the elegance that a tile fireplace surround will provide.

Instructions as follows:

                                                          

Firstly, make the surround surface smooth. For brick surround, mix up a batch of thinset according to the packaging directions. Use a latex additive in the mixture as well. Apply an even coat of thinset onto the bricks with a finishing trowel until it is smooth. Let the surface dry overnight.
Secondly, tape off the edges of the mantel or any other borders of the fireplace with masking or painter's tape.
Thirdly, install a support ledge temporarily. Use a level, tape measure, and pencil to mark the middle of the top of the opening to the firebox. Draw a plumb line where the mark that expands from the firebox to the peak of the surround is located. This will be the starting point so that the tile design is balanced.
Fourthly, saw a 1 x 3 board to the width of the surround with a hand saw. Place the board right below the top edge of the opening of the firebox. Ensure that the board is level.
Fifthly, secure the 1 x 3 in place with two inch masonry screws and a drill/driver.
Sixthly, mix up another batch of thinset with a latex additive. Apply a horizontal coating of the mixture across the center line right above the support ledge. Comb the notched rim of the trowel through the thinset at an angle to score it.
Seventhly, place a tile at the center line with the bottom edge of the tile sitting on the support ledge. Tilt the tile to set it into place then wiggle it to fully position.

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