What Is the Best Way to Tile a Shower Wall?


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To tile a shower wall, measure it, draw an outline on the floor, arrange the tiles, mortar the wall and tiles, press the tiles into place, apply grout and apply caulk. This 24-hour process requires a measuring tape, a chalk line, mortar, water, grout, caulk, a sponge and a trowel.

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  1. Measure the wall

    Measure the shower wall with a measuring tape, and mark the vertical center with a chalk line.

  2. Make the floor outline

    Using your measurements as a guide, use the chalk line to make an outline of the shower wall on the floor.

  3. Arrange the tiles

    Lay the tiles on the outline, and arrange them in your chosen design.

  4. Mix and apply mortar

    Mix the mortar according to the manufacturer's instructions, and apply a thin layer to the shower wall. Apply mortar to the back of the bottom-center shower tile, and press it firmly into the wall so it is bisected by the blue chalk line. Repeat with the remaining tiles.

  5. Apply grout

    Mix grout according to the manufacturer's instructions, and apply it over the shower wall. Spread the grout between the tiles, wait 10 minutes, and then wipe the tiles with a damp sponge.

  6. Apply caulk

    Apply caulk around the wall perimeter. Let the grout and caulk dry for 24 hours before using the shower.

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