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Installing Slate Tiles on Front Stairs

Updated:2013-11-01 16:23:53
Slate tile can transform ordinary concrete steps into an eye-catching, nonslip entrance. Slate, a natural stone, features two major types: Chinese and Indian. Slate tile may include many different shades and colors within a single box. Even the sizes and thicknesses can differ within a single box, by as much as 1/4 inch. Slate tile surface characteristics vary from smooth to wavy. Slate tile usually features wide grout joints and, due to the size variations, installers cannot use tile spacers.

Instructions as follows:

                                                        

Firstly, find the center of each step with a tape measure. Use a pencil to mark these spots.
Secondly, measure from the ground to the top of the first kick plate. A kick plate serves as the vertical riser between the ground and the first step, and between each step.
Thirdly, make a pencil mark on the edge of a piece of slate tile at the kick plate measurement. Lay the slate on a wet saw tray so the pencil mark lines up with the wet saw blade. Push the tray slowly as the tile cuts. Cut enough tile to cover the first kick plate.
Fourthly, mix grey thinset in a bucket with latex additive and water. Use a mixing paddle attached to a drill to stir the cement mix. The thinset cement should have the consistency of cake batter.
Fifthly, spread thinset cement to the kick plate of the first step with a 3/8-inch notched trowel.
Sixthly, press the cut pieces of slate into the kick plate. Start at the center mark and work to the edges. Cut the edge tiles, if needed, with a wet saw. Sometimes adjusting the grout joints will eliminate the need for cut pieces on the ends.
Seventhly, measure from the edge of the next kick plate to the finished edge of the last kick plate. Cut the step tile to this size with the wet saw.
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