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Tips to Set Up Bathtub Tiles

Required Items

– Diamond-tipped hole saw
– Sponge
– Grout
– Variable-speed drill
– Screwdriver
– Mastic trowel
– Chalk box
– Carpenter’s level
– Wet saw
– Mastic
– Grout float


1. Take a measure from top of the bathtub on one corner. Mark the height of the tile on wall. Repeat the process on the other side of the bathtub corner. Tiles are available in different geometric shapes square, rectangular etc. If you have rectangular tiles, decide which measurement you will take as its height.

2. Join the one mark with another with a chalk line. Measure the space between the bathtub and the marked line at different places to check whether the space remains the same or not. If the space varies select the shortest measurement. This measurement will be the size of the tiles to be cut.

3. Locate the center of the wall and mark that point. Place a carpenter’s level on it vertically. Stretch a line along the carpenter’s level. Take a wet saw and cut a first row of tiles with it. Before applying mastic to the wall, read the manual carefully and follow the instructions strictly.

4. Position the first tile in the center along the marked line. Take it as a guiding tile; add tiles on either the sides of the first tile. You may have to cut the tiles for the corners. Keep adding tiles and mastic to the walls properly.

5. Cover the opposite walls as well with tiles. In the end, use bull-nose tiles to finish off the last column.

6. Take the bathtub spout away by turning it in an anti-clock wise direction. Take the caps away to locate the screws holding the handles. Take screwdriver and unfasten the screws and eventually remove the handles. Follow the same process to remove the shower head.

7. Position the tiles on the wall. You have to drill hole in the tiles to make them able to fix into the fixtures. Measure the size of the pipes and choose a proper size hole saw to drill a hole in the tiles. Install the tiles and let the mastic settle down properly before proceeding with the grout.

8. Now apply the grout to the tiles lining in a zigzag pattern with grout float. Keep removing the excess of grout from the surface of the tiles with soft damp sponge. Once done with tiles installation, apply polish to give shine to the tiles. Later replace the fixtures.