在澳大利亚 The pool at of an IP needs to be resurfaced (or so the pool doctor says), the cost was estimated to be $10K ($10,000), after recoverying from my impresssion of a cat coughing up a fur ball, it just seems far too much. Its just a standard poo I need some advice regarding a property purchase. Property - semi-detached house Bedrooms - 2 Condition - average needs internal reno to modernise Street - one of the best in suburb Location - excellent Close to schools - yes Transport - 50m
Hi again everyone!
I went ahead and splurged a little on glass mosaic tiles for my kitchen in my new unit. It may be a bit much for an IP - but it's my first IP so I got a little excited when the shop had a closing down sale (Jasa Imports for anyone interested, as recommended on this forum). I have included a photo.
I was hoping for some advice for laying them. How do I got about cutting glass tiles? They are pretty thick - 8 or 10mm from memory. Or should I try to avoid cutting them (if that's at all possible). And any other tips would be greatly appreciated too. From the people I have spoken to about this, it's a pretty tricky job.
In my capacity as an observer of tilers only, I have noticed that the tilers do the full sheets first and when they know if and how any tiles need to be cut (and into what shape) they cut them and fit them last. If you tackle this the same way you could then take the pieces into a tile shop and ask them to cut them for you. Our tiler uses an angle grinder with special diamond tip discs so it may not be cost effective to bother doing it yourself unless you will do alot.
We have marble tiles similar to your glass ones. The mesh backing has some movement so if you only need a few mm then pull out the mesh as far as possible (or move a bit closer) to avoid having to cut any tiles. It will all depend on the area you have to tile. The mesh is covered by grout anyway so you will not see it.
Thanks for your reply. What about drilling into glass (for the power point)? I suppose I would need a special drill bit. I just hope I don't smash them, as they are quite tiny.
Anyway, it should be a 'fun' job, I'll post some pics when finally done (might be a while though!).
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Thanks for your reply. What about drilling into glass (for the power point)? I suppose I would need a special drill bit. I just hope I don't smash them, as they are quite tiny.what you should be doing is working out where you want to finish and work back from there ,position yuor tile sheets so thst the power point falls within a section of the tiles without cutting ,or better still go to bunnings/supercheap/or any of the power tool sellers and buy yourself a cheap 4 inch anglegrinder for about $30 a diamond cutting wheel should set you back about the same ,you will be amazed at the uses you will find for the machine once you have it
Anyway, it should be a 'fun' job, I'll post some pics when finally done (might be a while though!).Click to expand...
I had to get some bathroom tiles cut once. I measured them, and then put a texta mark on the back showing where they needed to be cut. Took them to the tile shop, who charged me a whole dollar...yes...$1.00 (GST inc) to cut them.
As far as I am aware with glass mosaic tiles they try not to cut them.
Hopefully the height between the bench and the wall cupboard fits the tiles exactly with that little adjustment as suggested by JFisher. At the end of the bench I would suggest that you simply end on a full tile and if it hangs over slightly so be it. But again you can adjust them.
The way I saw a tiler adjust them was with the long straight edge of his spreader so that he moved the whole sheet at ones by dragging it and also the individual rows to adjust the cap. He also used the edge to line up the sheets.
With the power point you simply cut out of the sheets the appropriate number to create the hole before glue the sheet on. Best to remove the power point completely.
I have had a whole swimming pool tiled with glass mosaics- fabulous. My husband has also tiled a couple of bath rooms using glass mosaic small tiles- Further to the advice above-i.e adjusting the sheets to fit - you can cut the tiles using a hand held tile pincer type tool- make sure you wear goggles to protect your eyes.
the tile pincer is the easiest way with glass tiles, I used similar tiles in my renovations
you will basically lay to last full tile and then cut all the individual tiles
as they are so small you cant hold and cut with grinder
also when laying the adhesive comes out of all the grooves, so some advice there:
a. use an old tooth brush or small brush to keep cleaning adhesive off