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4 Tips for Installing Mosaic Tile Yourself

4 Tips for Installing a Mosaic Tile Backsplash Yourself.

Hello everyone,

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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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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A Couple of Ways to Use the Matchless Sock.

We all have a few matchless socks. We don’t know how it happens that only one sock goes missing. Dryer gnomes perhaps?
Who knows. Don’t throw them away put them to good use. Here is a video that gives you a few ideas.

A Couple Ways to Use Your Matchless Socks by ourhometips
A Couple Ways to Use Your Matchless Socks by ourhometips



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Quick tip today: Solution For a Stripped Screw.




Solution for stripped screws from  Ourhometips
Solution for stripped screws from Ourhometips

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Do Coffee Grounds Really Work as a Free Flower Fertilizer?

Every morning I wake up and I make coffee. I walk outside and I shake the grounds over one of my flower beds, specifically the one closest to the front door. I haven’t actually drank my coffee at this point I’ve only just brewed it so three steps is about all I take. What I have noticed is that I have the most beautiful Irises there. I have more Irises throughout my property but these are hands down the best thriving flowers. This is even in comparison to the Irises just 3 feet away and those get more sun. Take a look for yourself.

white Iris from ourhometips
White Iris from Ourhometips




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