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Tile Your World: John Bridge's New Tile Setting Book Paperback – December 20, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mistflower Press (December 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974275433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974275437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


If you are looking for a single book [on] all aspects of tile installation and repair, this is it! -- Natural Handyman<br /><br />John Bridge's book has the kind of depth and breadth of information that we are sold on. -- Builders' Booksource<br /><br />Very complete coverage . . . --Cambium Books

From the Publisher

TILE YOUR WORLD by John P. Bridge is a must read for people contemplating doing their own ceramic or stone tile work. This is a comprehensive book that fully explains the preliminary steps essential to a good tile job. It then takes you on to the advanced stages of the craft and provides you the information you'll need to bring your tiling project to a satisfactory and gratifying conclusion. TILE YOUR WORLD will also be of use to people who plan to hire their tile work out. Homeowners will be in much better position to judge the qualifications of prospective contractors after having read the book. Building a new home? Buy the book before the foundation is laid. You'll be glad you did.

Customer Reviews

The book's got a lot of good information.
Sure I could have done it without this book and my wife would have made me hire a professional to redo my job.
I used Mr. Bridge's earlier book "Ceramic Tile Setting" a few years ago when I tiled our bathroom.
Harold S. Jackson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Greg Langdon on December 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm midway through remodeling a 50 year old house, and I've become something of a connoiseur of these do-it-yourself books. A lot of books from this genre provide a basic description of the work involved but gloss over the details. These often seem to have been written by someone who writes for a living, and who may or may not own a hammer or a drill themselves.

Tile Your World is one of the best, perhaps THE best DIY books I've read. The author John Bridge has clearly and thoroughly documented what he's learned during his hands-on career as a tile guy.

The book contains the requisite sections on tools, types of tiles, substrates, etc. Where it excels is in its detailed discussion of the subtleties associated with tiling walls, floors, showers, outdoor surfaces, kitchen backsplashes, etc. By way of example, the section on tiling a shower spans over 100 pages and includes over 100 photos. Along the way you'll get advice on everything from plumbing updates to what to do if you discover termites during tearout of the old shower.

The text is consistently readably and often amusing as well. It's worth at least a dollar or two of the purchase price just to read John's advice on how to select fine wines, buried as it is within the discussion on how to ensure that the slope of a shower floor is correct.

Finally, I have to heap a bit more praise on the tiling discussion forums that John runs on his web page. I gather that I'm not allowed to mention the URL in this review, but it should be *painfully* obvious given the title of the book. Like the book, the quality of the advice provided on the discussion forums rises well above the (relatively low) standard for the DIY industry.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ken on March 14, 2005
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Doing tile right takes a bit of time and a bit of money. Most "do-it-yourself" books will give short shrift to tile laying, put in some pretty pictures and make it look easy. And they your tile will pop up or crack five years later. Tile should last decades. And sometimes it can take a lot of work to prepare a surface, and some surfaces shouldn't even be tiled at all. With that in mind, finding good information and digesting it is a must before taking any steps.

John Bridge's book does a top notch job of covering a wide variety of tiling specifics and generalities. In addition to all the gory details he has a motivating "can-do" writing style that encourages success. Furthermore, his online website and tiling forums are an amazing resource and clearly demonstrate his willingness to make a major contribution to both professional and do-it-yourself tiling laying.

Do yourself a favor, get this book and Michael Byrne's "Setting Tile" before doing a thing. A 15-minute Home Depot "how-to" seminar can be a dangerous thing - get real useful info instead.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
John's writing will not only give you the knowledge to do a first rate job on any tile project,but he will also make the learning fun in his easy Texas style of writing.
With additional information from proffessional tilesetters and tradesmen from around the country you will get more bang for your buck than any other single DIY book i have seen.Top this off with an address for th Tile Your World tile forum manned by pro's to deal with any immediate concerns or problems and the combination cannot be beat.
If you are contemplating a tile installation in your home,this is one purchase you will never regret.
From wall to floor from counters to leveling this book covers the entire spectrum.
Tile Your World even features information on differant types of membranes for waterproofing,uncoupling and antifracture and where and when to use them.In addition you will find sections on self leveling cements,backerboards,varieties of setting materials and when and where to use them.
As a pro tile contractor i cant stress enough the need for quality information and mechanically sound advice.Written in a manner friendly to the layman,Tile Your World hits the mark on all counts!!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Johnston on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was pretty disappointing. After spending $24 for what I thought was going to be an authoritative book from a well respected expert on the art of tile setting, I find myself browsing other books while I'm at Home Depot to get the information I need. In particular there is absolutely no mention of how cutting and setting stone tiles is different than ceramic. No mention of using epoxy to set tiles with resin on the back or use of epoxy for anything. No mention of design issues like what size tile or what layout is best for small or large rooms, what size grout joints look best with what types and sizes of tile. He has these cute sections about how cool it is to be a tile setter all over the book which bugs me since that space in the book could have been used to give real information. As an example he has a section on making u-cuts in floor tiles. He never actually tells you how to make a u-cut, just how great you'll feel when you master this skill.

I'm guessing the reason this book has so many great reviews here is that the people that hang out in his online forum buy the book and enjoy his cute little stories and write a glowing review. They don't care about the lack of detail in the book because they can get it from the online forum. But for $24 I shouldn't have to then go to an online forum or sneak peeks at other books while at the store for the information I need, it should all be in the BOOK!

From looking at other tile books at Home Depot, either the Stanley (that's pretty sad) or Taunton book would be better choices for people who actually want to learn how to set tile.
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More About the Author

I've been writing since I was a kid. I was first published at age 15 -- a poem called The Wanderer was published in the National Anthology of High School Poetry, 1956. I've been at it ever since.

I've been in the ceramic tile business for 35 years, and I've written three books on the subject -- currently working on number four. Ceramic Tile Setting, McGraw-Hill, 1992; Tile Your World: John Bridge's New Tile Setting Book, Mistflower Press, 2003; The Kerdi Shower Book (ebook), Mistflower Press, 2005.

Since 2000 I have operated the John Bridge Ceramic Tile Forums on the Internet The forums are geared toward both DIYers and professional tile setters. Want to know everything and anything about tile and stone setting, give us a try.