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Setting Tile: Revised and Updated (Fine Homebuilding) Rev Upd Su Edition
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For any person wanting to learn tile setting the correct professional way, this book is essential. I bought it twice, one about 8 years ago, and a second updated version this year because of some new products and resulting new techniques.
One ommission that did seem a little odd was the lack of information about working with wet-wall installations. He only uses backer board, which for a worker/writer who is so thorough and skilled seems strange.
Especially given the fact that he does such a great job of explaining, step by step, how to build a shower pan, which is a fussy, finicky, yet back-breaking job if there ever was one.
One other fault (and this may be a fault of Taunton books in general): he doesn't help me anticipate errors. For example: Mr. Byrne recommeds that you fur out the backer board above a shower pan lining so that the board can hang over the lining without getting bumped out. And he recommends butter the back of the board with thinset where it mates with the lining (since you can't drive screws through the board as it would pierce the lining).
Now a non-idiot (not me!) would know that the mortar would tend to push the backer board out, especially in the corners where the lining is folded to three times its typical thickness. Such a non-idiot would fur out a little extra and use a little less mortar.
But not me: I butter the hell out of the back of the backer board and by the time the mortar set the board's bottom was out of pumb a good 3/16 of inch. Not a huge deal, until you try to make the tials look nice and perfect.Read more ›
Most tile books provide a number of layout ideas and then either gloss over the details of installation or (more often) give suggestions on how to hire a reputable and skilled contractor. Byrne instead gives detailed but undaunting descriptions of how to design, plan, build, and finish most projects. The organization is useful, the photos are perfect, and helpful hints and warnings abound.
Only a couple things could improve this book. Although the book contained all the info I needed for my job, a quick outline summary for entire projects, with one-line descriptors of each task, would avoid having to continually leaf through the complete text. Also, an estimate of time required for each task would allow for better planning.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Picked this book before tiling my master bath. Great help, easy read, covered all the issues I had to deal with. Highly recommend.Published 3 months ago by Bogey in MN
Only need this book to pass a text which this book was required to read and test on froma certain county. But good read for beginners.Published 6 months ago by Michael O.
I used this book to help me plan and complete my first tiling job. The author is a perfectionist who covers everything you need with lots of pictures and illustrations. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Simonbuddy
Tile setter's'bible. The best instruction book on tile setting. Thoughtful and intelligent presentation, clear directions and explanations, meticulous attention to detail. Read morePublished 13 months ago by rufous
I actually have purchased this book more than once. I loaned the book to a friend and have asked for it back a couple of times. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Godfather