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Replacing a floor tile

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Slate floor tile has recently become an extremely popular flooring material. It is easy to clean and fairly durable. Unfortunately, it can also chip or crack, leaving a homeowner with a new do-it-yourself project. Fortunately, replacing a slate floor tile isn’t too hard.
Start by making sure the tiles around the damaged one are protected. Without doing this, you run the risk of damaging other floor tiles. Tape cardboard or an old cloth in a square around the damaged tile so that nothing falls on the good tiles and causes them to crack.
After this, it is time to start on removing the grout around the damaged tile. The easiest way to do this is to use a grout saw. Be sure to work carefully, since it is easy to chip surrounding tiles with this tool. Once the grout around the tile is removed, start work on removing the tile itself. The easiest and safest way to do this is to use a drill to make some holes in the approximate middle of the tile. After doing this, insert your chisel into one of these holes and strike it with your hammer. Repeat this until you have completely broken out the tile.
After removing the tile, you may also need to remove any remaining adhesive. Continue using the chisel and hammer to completely remove it. Again, be careful not to damage the surrounding tiles while doing this.
Once this is done, you will be ready to place the new tile. Start by mixing your adhesive. If you are using a premixed adhesive, just open the bottle. Follow the directions on your adhesive, since every one is a little different. Once mixed and the right consistency, apply the adhesive to the back of the tile with a trowel. Be sure to spread the adhesive evenly over the entire back surface of the tile.
After spreading the adhesive, carefully place the floor tile into position. Use a level to make sure the tile is even with the rest of the floor. Allow the glue to dry for about a day before starting on grout. As soon as the adhesive is dry carefully fill in the edges around the replacement tile with grout. If any spills on the tile, quickly wipe it off with a damp rag.
If desired, you can seal the tile. This is usually recommended with slate tile because they are so porous. Follow the directions on the sealant you purchase, since every brand is different.

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