Tiling!

Discussion in 'Kitchen Fitters' Talk' started by Danielle93, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    Hello!

    Reached my next DIY task, Tiling! Currently tiling around my kitchen above the worktop and so far it's been a breeze. HOWEVER, I haven't installed the wall cabinets yet as I was waiting to see how big my tiles would be to see how high I would put them. My tiles have reached up 41cm but my boiler sits at 43 cm and will be covered with a unit, meaning I have approx 2 cm bare wall. Do I:

    A) cover this gap with a strip of pelmet all the way round

    B) Tile up to the units once installed (meaning super straight cutting needed)

    C) Tile an extra half tile up THEN install units so the bottoms is sitting above the tiles. (Which will make a neat straight line)

    My units will be hung, not screwed into the wall.

    Thanks!
     
  2. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Well-Known Member

    Good on ya for having a go Danielle93. I will say this though, the height you tile to can be very variable. But one thing that absolutely can not be variable below 800mm above the worktop is your cooker hood height if you have a gas hob, or 650mm with any electric hob.
    As a rule wall cabs need to be 500mm above the worktop as well.
     
  3. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    Okay, so another run of tiles needed then. I'll be tiling up the middle where my cooker hood is going then putting my cooker hood over the top (it's curved and this seemed easier than cutting curved tiles. ) So can I lay wall units over the top of tiles? Or would it be best to have them flush with the bottom of my units? I've seen varying opinions on how big the gap between counter top and wall wall units should be online, ranging from 400mm to 600mm!!
     
  4. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Well-Known Member

    Flush with the bottom of your wall cabs is best and the easiest to be honest. Absolutely tile all the way up where your cooker hood will be, again, much easier than trying to tile around curved glass. Plus easier to service the hood if it ever needs to be taken down.
     
  5. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    Don’t need to be extra worried about cutting tiles up to wall units with ‘super straight cuts’ !

    Surely you’re gonna have cut tiles in other places as well so all cuts need to be pretty good :)

    Talking of such things ...... what’s ur weapon of choice for tile cutting ?

    Electric wet cutter perhaps ?
    Don’t need to spend a fortune, I’ve got the SF own brand Titan model, £50 I think, although I did fit a better blade than one supplied. It persons very well, recently on very hard porcelain floor tiles

    Tiles up to door frames, wall units, etc are better finished with a neat bead of silicon once grouted and dried. A grout line between 2 different materials tends to crack over time, especially when the other material is timber

    A neat bead of sili will also cover up any ‘slight’ ragged edge to cut tiles, although with a semi decent cutter and blade you won’t be having any ragged edges ........ just super smooth cuts all the way - enjoy :D
     
  6. Isitreally

    Isitreally Well-Known Member


    Are you sure gas is 800mm.??

    My cooker recommend 620mm as a minimum but most we looked at said 650mm
     
  7. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Well-Known Member

    Gas safe, and indeed Corgi regs before, both state 750mm above the burners. As the burners themselves are already 50mm above the worktop, that means the hood has to be a minimum of 800mm above the worktop.
    It really dosn't matter what any manufacturer says is the minimum, the only thing that matters is what Gas safe and the regs state. In fact nearly all the manufactures have get out clauses in installation instructions saying that National or local regulation should always have precedent.
     
  8. Isitreally

    Isitreally Well-Known Member


    Ours was fitted by a gassafe fitter who insisted we had a stoves cooker as it was the only manufacturer whos spec fitted within our cookerhood height which was already fitted years before.
     
  9. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    I'm just using a cheap unbranded one from our local hardware shop (I've yet to want something they haven't had!). Borrowed it from a neighbour who did they're whole bathroom with it! It's doing a fine job so far, just a couple of wonky tile cutting while I got the hang of it but nothing major!
     
  10. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Well-Known Member

    Then you Gas Safe fitter didn't know anything about what the regs are then. As i said, even going back to Corgi days, it was and still is 750mm above the burners.
     
  11. Isitreally

    Isitreally Well-Known Member


    Do you what I'm taking about an actual cooker as opposed to a hob. :oops::oops::oops:

    With a hob your are quite correct, except my apologises.
     
  12. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Well-Known Member

    Same regs apply to a cooker, makes no difference. You could have the biggest and most expensive range cooker that ever existed or will ever exist..................................the height of the hood above the burners is still the same :D
     
  13. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    Pleased to hear it’s all going well

    Yep the Titan tile cutter is a cheap tool really, although I’ve upgraded the supplied blade and cuts really nicely

    For occasional diy jobs, don’t always need to pay top dollar for the ‘big boys’ brands

    But you’ve gotta to a little research. Some cheap tools are cheap for a reason and should be avoided
     
  14. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    Yeah it was only because my neighbour raved about how good it was! Didn't make things easy for myself buying metro tiles for my first go. The angled edges caused some problems getting a straight cut, it seemed to "tilt" in slightly meaning they don't join together perfectly (like, half a mm gap) nothing either a bead of silicone or grouting won't sort out!
     
  15. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    First two walls done! Pretty chuffed with it to be honest!
     

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  16. Muzungu

    Muzungu Active Member

    That's looking good. I used the same cutter and got on fine even though I was using 400*250 tiles. How did you do the single socket cutout, the horizontal cut? I held the tile and lowered it down onto the blade which worked well.
     
  17. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    I used ceramic jigsaw blades for cutting round the sockets (obviously took them off first) only £2.99 and cut through like butter!
     
  18. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    Wrote my previous post as you'd posted that! An example below , good straight cut but obviously not completely smooth so only good for cuts behind sockets etc. I just used a cheap tile scribe for most of my straight cuts which worked fine!
     
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  19. Danielle93

    Danielle93 Member

    Didn't actually attach the image:
     

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