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Old 01-19-2015, 07:46 PM   #1
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Need to replace broken tiles

We broke some tiles in the kitchen area when the frig opened up (forgot the latches) Now do we just call in the pro floor guy and do it right ? Or DIY ? Anybody done it themselves?

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Old 01-19-2015, 08:27 PM   #2
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It is a DIY job if you have the tools and the desire. If hiring a professional is more appealing, that's good too. Home Depot; How to replace a floor tile.

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Old 01-20-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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Replacing a tile is relatively simple if you have the right tools. What I would do is. If you don't have the tools go to Harbor Freight and buy ones good enough to do the job or if you wish invest in better quality tools for future use.
  1. Use either a side grinder or oscillating tool to cut the grout on all 4 sides, this will help to prevent breaking more tiles. Don't damage neighboring tiles.
  2. Take a hammer and chisel and break out the old tile. I usually just hit the center of the tile with the hammer to shatter and then just start chipping out the old tile.
  3. Once you get the tile removed you will have to get the rest of the glue or thin set out from the floor. You can use the grinder or oscillating tool to get most of it and then chisel to finish.
  4. Once you get the tile out and floor cleaned up you will have to replace the tile, hopefully your RV came with extra's, if not you'll have to decide to try and match or go with contrasting color.
  5. Get enough mastic from the Home improvement store to do as many tiles as you need to, no need buying to much as it will go bad over time. Get a notched trowel, spread on the floor and then butter some on the back of the tile. Set the tile and press it into position, if needed you can get spacers from the store.
  6. Let the tile sit a day and then get s grout of the same color and mix up enough to do the job. They make a rubber trowel to spread or you can use a plastic scraper. Spread the grout, let it set up until firm and then use a big sponge and water to wash away excess, don't wash to much. Let the grout harden and haze over the tile, wash again. Let the tile sit for several hours and then take a rag and wipe the haze off the tile, not to rough as to damage the grout. The next day you can wash it off.
  7. Don't step on it while you are working on laying and grouting.
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