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    Default Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    Never really dont any tiling before and got to tile my kitchen floor and wall

    I have read that stuff from B&Q/focus/wickes etc is not that great, i have got a screwfix down the road and they seem to have a good selection of grouts and adhesive.

    The floor is plywood and walls are plaster.

    Any advise on what products to buy from screwfix when i pop there over the weekend? Need both grout and adhesive

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    Where are you buying your tiles from? Some tile stores may do you a deal if you are getting it all at the same time , tiles, materials, tools etc etc

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    I think wall tiles will be topps tiles and poss the floor tiles as well. I live in the
    Leicester area and do know any tiles warehouse around here

    Is the topps tiles brand grout/adhesive any good?
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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    Topps are can be expensive for the general public, there is a chance that a tiler in your area could lay the floor for you and save you money on materials and of course not require the purchase of tools. Have you had any quotes in or is this something that you'd like to try anyway. Have you a good idea of the preparations and meathods needed to lay a successful floor? Not trying to put you off doing it yourself but it's best to know the full ins and out before going ahead

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    Looking to do it myself so i can learn for the future.I have been reading guides on the net and have brought a electric tiles cutter to help.

    Just reading on the forum that trade ppl get 40% off adhesive at topps, thats a good discount!

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    Hi jonny! be careful tiling is not a game,you need specified products , the adeshive to the concrete is not the same to the wood and the grout as well.:8

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    Like said the floor is plywood (It was vinyl).

    I wont be doing in on my own, someone who has gone abit of tiling before is going to keep an eye but hay you have got to start/learn somewhere hence asking which products would be best for my situation. I understand that the wood floor is going to need a flexi adhesive

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnywells View Post
    Looking to do it myself so i can learn for the future.I have been reading guides on the net and have brought a electric tiles cutter to help.

    Just reading on the forum that trade ppl get 40% off adhesive at topps, thats a good discount!
    It is but we buy the stuff day in day out. Good luck with your project and make sure you research all aspects to ensure a good job

    Advice on what tools you need would depend on the type of tile you are going to install

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    They are ceramic tiles, both the wall and the floor.

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    What does the current floor look like? is it standard floor boards?

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    The floor is currently 6mm plywood and its good nick (Under it i think its floorboard, its a fairly new house and has got raised a raised floor)

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    Default Re: Newbie tiler :- What to buy from screwfix

    hi johhnny,,6mm ply is too thin to tile onto even if it is in good nick mate,if your fixing ceramics i would replace the 6mm ply with 12mm wpbp ply screwd to the floorboards,adhesive would be a flexible cement based adhesive,dont buy rapid set just ask the supplier for one with a good bucket life giving you time to tile at your own speed,,i would also advise to use the same adhesive for the walls,i would stay away from the tubbed ready mixed adhesives johnny as tempting as they may be for easiness you cant pack out dips and hollows in the walls with them to keep your tiles nice and straight but if you use the bagged powedered adhesive i mentioned then you can with this.

    mapei keraquik is a good one and a nice pot life,tile giant sell it and a fair bit cheaper than anything out of topps mate also dont forget to ask for primer from the shop also for your plywood floor mate dont use pva

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