Given the high prices that contractors charge for ceramic tile jobs, many homeowners would undoubtedly consider installing it themselves, if they had the proper guidance. Also in the last ten to fifteen years, tile used in new homes is often glued to nothing more than plasterboard. The life expectancy of this type of installation is generally less than two or three years, which means that homeowners must pay to have the tile torn out and redone-an expensive proposition. Now, John P. Bridge comes to the rescue, providing do-it-yourselfers with all of the information they need to complete ceramic tile projects with long lasting, professional results. Bridge begins with a brief discussion of the tools of the trade, materials required, and various types of masonry tile. Readers will then find easy-to-follow instructions for installing floors, tub surrounds, walls, and counter tops. Bridge takes readers step-by-step through the entire process, from surface preparation, layout, and design to setting the tile, grouting, and finishing
Date Published 3/1/1992
Rated By: A reader
Comments: Comprehensive Help If you are just starting out, or are wanting to learn more about the tiling do's and don'ts, then this book is for you.
As a DIY person, I found the book covered all those little details that other books didn't. And when it comes to tiling, it is all about detail.
It is written in a fun informative manner, and is easy to read and follow. If you buy one book only on tiling, this is the one to get.
Rated By: Bruce H
From: Minnetonka, MN
Comments: GREAT book on tile setting I am planning a mud-set ceramic tile project and it was suggested that I buy this book. I did and it is a GREAT book; sure wish I had known about it several years ago when I did my first tile project! I recommend it to anyone starting a tile project. It's written in a way that most anyone can understand and the small cost is worth the time and potential mistakes that will be saved.
Rated By: flht01 "Kevin"
From: Southeast Texas
Comments: Highly recommended I've never done any tile work and wanted to find out more about it. After reading this book, I feel like I can get started without a lot of confusion. For anyone wanting to learn more about tilework, even if your going to hire it done, this book is a must.
Rated By: David Owens
From: La Mirada, CA
Comments: Highly recommended There are really very few books on tile setting on the market. There are lots of table books, most of which I have, but few on how to do it. I gave John Bridge's book 5 stars because, while he doesn't have color drawings like the Micheal Byrne book, it was written by a skilled contractor who teaches the reader how to lay tile, step by step. As both an amateur tile setter and an inspector who watches professionals, I know from experience that everything he says is accurate and reasonable. From laying out the floor and mixing mortar to doing a countertop, the reader feels like Mr. Bridges is right by his side, guiding his/her steps. His anectdotes about his wife are funny. But don't restrict yourself to just one book. Buy two: this one and Micheal Byrne's. You won't go wrong.
Rated By: Randall Black
From: Irvine, CA
Comments: Confidence Builder I just finished tiling a bathroom floor using this book as my guide. Written clearly, concisely, and with humor, Bridge's book gave me the confidence to complete a beautiful job. Because I laid the tile in a diagonal layout, I would have liked more on how to cut tile at a weird angle but I got around that using cardboard templates. Also, some photos make it out as though you can start laying tile and cut on the fly (while the thinset is wet). Don't do this! Do a dry layout with every tile cut and in place (something Bridge actually recommends in the text). Heed his words on layout lines; don't count on spacers to determine where to lay tile (although they come in handy for holding tiles from gliding into one another). Also, be very careful about keeping tiles level with one another as you lay them. I found the look of the floor much more sensitive to relative elevation than careful gapping (at a distance the grout lines look much bigger or smaller when tiles are even 1/32 of an inch out of level). The author says to use mud instead of backerboard, and my use of that contributed to my battle to keep things on the level (and may have been almost as much work!). Because of his professional experience, I think Bridge makes tile setting sound a little *too* easy. It's very hard work, along with being quite unforgiving when your every mistake is literally set in concrete. A helper is a must, not only to speed things up, but also for moral support and someone to blame things on! I know it sounds as though I made a lot of mistakes, but really the floor looks beautiful. And it may sound as though my comments are criticisms, but I owe this likeable author a debt of gratitude. He gave me the confidence to start and keep going. Don't worry about the age of the book and materials being outdated-I found that a good tile supply store can tell you exactly which bags of thinset and grout to use. It's not rocket science, and even though the chemicals may have improved a little over the years, the technique is what really counts and Bridge is a master of both tile and writing. In fact, as I read and re-read the book, I found myself saying, "For being a professional tile contractor this guy is an amazing writer!"