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07:55AM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 01/07/07
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I want to rip up the carpet in my basement and install ceramic tile since it is such a high traffic area.

Since I admittedly am not a gifted DIYer, I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. However, since my house in only 3 years old, is it safe to assume that there is little chance there are major defects with the sub-floor and, therefore, that tiling shouldn't be a difficult problem even for a novice like me?

Are larger tiles generally easier to install than smaller?




06:30AM | 01/09/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
To me, larger tiles use less grout, and make it easier to clean when grouting. It may be more noticable if a larger tile isn't perfectly flat compared to smaller tiles when going over screw heads and fiberglass tape.

larger tiles cost more per sq ft compared to 12 inch tile. I guess this is due to warping in larger tiles cause quality control costs.

I wanted to go with larger tile, but the increased costs drove me back to 12inch.


11:59PM | 01/09/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
i highly recommend studying the methods used by professionals before you attempt any DIY project you havent done before.

Ceramic Tile is definately something a hands-on, mechanically inclined, avid DIY'er can do !

have a look at the following resources:


There are two ways to do any job. The right way and the wrong way. Do it right everytime.



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