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How to install ceramic cement yourself..

It may seem that the method of installing ceramics with cement is a bit difficult, and some homeowners may think that this can only be done by construction professionals, as they are only able to deal with ceramics , but homeowners can through a little effort and some materials available in the market As for the equipment, it can be easily rented from any construction specialist.

Necessary tools and materials

  • Ceramic plates.
  • Manual ceramic cutting machine or electric rocket.
  • Qeddah which is a "straight piece of wood".
  • thick thread;
  • Putty knife.
  • big bowl.
  • Good kind of sand.
  • A mixture of cement and sand at a ratio of 6 to 1.
  • rubber mallet;
  • Water balance.
  • Colored material according to the color of the ceramic.
  • Electric drill mounted on the mixing blade.
  • A damp piece of cloth.

How to install ceramic with cement

1- Sand the floor

The first step in installing ceramics is to brush the floor with sand , but the good type of sand that is free of impurities must be chosen. The sand must be equal in all the area of ​​the room where the ceramics are to be placed.

2- Mixing cement

The process of mixing cement is not difficult, but care must be taken and not to mix large quantities so that it does not dry out. First, the amount of cement is mixed with sand at the rate of 6 sand to 1 cement, then water is added and the drill is used to stir the mixture. We continue mixing until we have a somewhat thick mixture. Not dry If it is a little dry add a little water.

3- Determine the installation path

Before starting the installation of ceramics, the direction of work must be determined. This means knowing where the water will go after installing the ceramics , as it must start from the farthest point from the drain to reach it.

4- Installation stage

At this stage, a quantity of cement and sand mixture is placed on the sandy floor and spreads until it reaches a thickness of only 2.5 cm, taking into account the spread of the mixture in a consistent manner on the tiles, then start placing the first ceramic plate and hammer it with a rubber mallet so that it merges well with the cement mixture. We continue to install the rest of the tiles, but we must make sure that there is a space of 2 to 5 millimeters between the tiles. This space between the tiles is necessary to avoid the problem of thermal expansion

5- Use a water balance

The use of a water balance is one of the most important steps in the method of installing ceramics with cement, as this balance is what will determine the direction of water movement during the cleaning process in the future. Water correctly, so the horizontal slope of the floors must be well adjusted.

First, the direction of the water drain in the room must be determined , then the direction of the inclination of the tiles must be towards the drain. Therefore, the water balance must be held on the tiles and in different directions, making sure that the air bubble is located slightly in the opposite direction to the place of the drain.

6- The stage of installing the corners

At this stage, when reaching the places that do not need a complete tile, the required size must be taken , and then marking and drawing the dimensions on the tiles. Then, by using manual scissors  or  an electric missile, the part to be installed is cut and installed just as the whole slab is installed completely.

It is recommended to wear plastic goggles while cutting, and if you are using it for the first time, it is best to consult a professional to learn how to hold it correctly and safely while cutting tiles.

7- Final finishes

At the last stage of the cement-ceramic installation method, a small amount of white cement is mixed with water until it becomes a little sticky, and the color corresponding to the color of the ceramic can be added , then a quantity of the mixture is placed on the tiles, and through the use of a hand mop, all the spaces between the ceramic plates are filled, Some places may need more of the mixture according to the space at the bottom, but you must continue to do so until all the spaces are filled.


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