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4 Tips for Installing Mosaic Tile Yourself

4 Tips for Installing a Mosaic Tile Backsplash Yourself.

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This is Ruth with Ourhometips and today I’m going to talk with you about tiling. Seems everybody is getting mosaic tile these days especially mosaics that include glass tiles. People are using them in backsplashes, walls, showers, accent tiles and more with good reason. They look great, come in lots of different colors, textures and patterns. They have patterns for just about any budget too. Dollar for dollar it is a dramatic improvement for relatively small cost and inconvenience. You can lay the tile one day and grout it the next. Installing mosaic tile a great way to update a kitchen or bathroom.

Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips



1. Pick a tile that you can cut. I use a wet saw when cutting tiles. A lot of the mosaic tiles now have some metal pieces in them while you can cut those the edges they do not look as nice as the cut tile edges do. If it is in your budget you can buy edge trim pieces that would hide all the cut edges. The photo below shows an edge strip on the right side. Edge strips can cost anywhere from about 10 US dollars for basic plastic ones to 30 US dollars for brushed aluminium ones. They come in long lengths I believe 10 ft and can be cut to fit the edge you are looking to hide. Otherwise just avoid mosasic tile patterns with hollow metal pieces in them. I use a diamond edge blade in my wet saw they are around 40 US dollars per blade. When I have cut mosaics with metal tile it seems to dull the blade a whole lot faster.

Mosaic Tile above kitchen counter from Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile above kitchen counter from Ourhometips

2. Many mosaic tile patterns are either all glass tiles or a combination of glass, metal, ceramic or stone. Be very careful not to make your coat of tile adhesive to thick. If you do you will see through any glass tiles on the edges where the adhesive crept up the sides when you place them. If you notice that the adhesive was too thick right away you can pull it off wash it down and try again with a thinner amount of tile adhesive. If you notice it a bit later but its not completely set up you can use a toothpick to slide down the edge of what will be the grout line to scoop out some of the excess. Finding the right amount of tile adhesive to put on can be a little tricky but don’t coat the wall to thinly either as you do want enough adhesive for the tiles to stay up. 3. Make very sure you wear safety glasses and a good thicker gloves when cutting mosaic tiles or any tiles for that matter. Tiny shards of glass, metal, stone or porcelain are very sharp and you do not want to have any accidents. Nitrile gloves are great for working with the grout but offer almost no protection when cutting the tiles. 4. Keep a wet rag nearby at all times. As careful as you may be to not get any tile adhesive or grout on the counter tops or cabinetry it is almost inevitable that you will. I have always been able to wipe it off right away because I always keep a wet rag near me. So there are 4 tips for installing a mosaic tile backsplash and here are some more pictures of a few tile installations I have done.

glass tile above counter in bathroom by Ourhometips
glass tile above counter in bathroom by Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips

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To DIY or Not to DIY?

To DIY of Not to DIY? I saw this infographic and had to giggle. Then I read it through and it has real valid questions. So have a look and see for yourself. Be honest and if you can DIY I hope you do.

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To DIY or Not to DIY? ourhometips

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Do You Have Mildew on Your Home?

Do you have mildew on your home? Maybe, has your nice home developed some green spots on the siding? Mildew is gross but if you live in a humid climate it’s bound to happen that sometime you might get mildew on your home. Mildew likes to grow in moist shaded areas so it’s usually found on parts of your home that get less direct sunlight. You can usually find it on spots where the morning dew doesn’t dry quickly. I live in the south and It’s quite common due to the humidity. It’s like house acne and it just looks awful. If left untreated you can get mold and you just do NOT want to let it get that far.

What to do? There are commercial products available that you can buy to help you remove mildew on your home, or you can try my mildew removal mix. Here is what I do. First I get my grubbiest oldest clothes on because you will get bleach stained and you may want to cover your hair or put a ball cap on. I also suggest covering your eyes with some safety glasses for this one.

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Things you will need:

A sprayer
Safety Glasses
Rubber Gloves
Big jug of Bleach. Name brand or generic whatever is on sale is fine.
A sturdy ladder
A garden hose
A pressure washer or a good pressure hose attachment for your garden hose
(I will find some links for you below)
Maybe A long handled deck brush or broom

Okay Get your gloves and safety glasses on.

Here is the Mildew remover recipe:

Fill your spray 1/5 full of bleach then fill to the fill line with water. Do not overfill your sprayer. Close it up and give it a little shake to mix.

Spray it on the parts of your home that have mildew. When setting your sprayer, you want to go for a heavy misting to medium rain spray rather than a direct stream. Use the ladder carefully when needed to reach any higher spots. Whenever working on a ladder I always suggest you have someone there to steady the ladder. You will want to make sure this person is dressed for the job also because bleach mist is the eyes is no good.

Let the bleach mixture sit a minutes. You will see it starting to work. Some spots may need a little more spray than others and some may need a little scrub. If so break out the deck brush and go at it. If your home has a lot of mildew try to work in sections because it will dry rather quickly. Now that you have covered the mildew and given it a couple minutes to work, It’s time to rinse it off real good with water.

I want to remind you to use caution and your own judgement when attempting any projects you read about here or anywhere else. I work on ladders often and am comfortable working on them. If you have any concerns about working on a ladder you probably should not do this. I am in no way advising anyone to do this. You have to make your own decisions. Working on ladders is dangerous. I am merely sharing how I do this. Also I have never had a problem with any discoloration of the siding. However if you have concerns you should check with the manufacture of your siding for their recommendations.

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How to Get an Earring Back From Down the Floor Vent?

Here is how you retrieve an earring or something small that fell down the floor vent.



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Things you will need.

A vacuum cleaner with a long hose

An old knee high nylon

A rubberband or duct tape

Maybe a paper towel tube or gift wrap tube

Slip the knee high over the end of the hose then either rubberband it on or duct tape it on just make sure it stays when the vacuum is turned on. Next remove the floor vent then stick the hose in and turn on vacuum wiggle around until you get it. The knee high should keep it from getting all the way sucked into your vacuum. If your vacuum hose is not long enough you can try extending it with paper towel tubes or gift wrap tubes and duct tape.

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Watermelon Party Size Smoothie With a Drill

I saw this video and thought, Wow how cool would that be to bring to a 4th of July party. It has only one ingredient and you get to use your drill. I bet my DIY folks would love this. So enjoy. Click below for video.

Party Size Watermelon Smoothie with a Drill
Party Size Watermelon Smoothie with a Drill




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