Remodeling Tips and Reviews

How to mix Mortar

How to mix Mortar

Properly mixing mortar is paramount to how well your project goes and how long your installation last. Whether it is sanded mortar like that used with bricks, or non sanded which is used with tile, the preparation is the same. You will need a 5 gallon bucket, a powerful electric or cordless drill and a mixing paddle. Pour about 1/3 of the mortar into the bucket...

Installing Cement Backer Board on a subfloor

Installing Cement Backer Board on a subfloor

Installing Hardibacker or Durock Cement Panels are a pretty easy and straight forward process. I have installed both materials several times and prefer durock over hardibacker because hardi seems to come apart in layers much too easy for my taste, so I use Durock. Installing over a wooden sub floor ( i.e. a pier and beam or second floor) means laying the sheets...

Which trowel sizes to use for what tile

Which trowel sizes to use for what tile

A common question we get is how do I know what size trowel to use for my tile choice. The answer is common sense when you think about it. You will want to use smaller teethed trowels with smaller tile. So a 3/16 x 5/32 V notched trowel is good for up to 2″ tile.  At the opposite end of the spectrum are 12×12 tile and above. those tile logically need...