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Installing A Tile Back-splash For Your Kitchen

by The Handyguys

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The Handyguys discuss doing a tile back-splash.


Tile for Handyguy Paul's back-splashYou need to make sure your wall is smooth and clean. Measure and decide what areas of your back-splash you want to cover. When buying tile make sure you account for waste and bad cuts.


Decide on your layout. If you go horizontal you will have significantly fewer cuts. If you have a complicated pattern you should lay out each piece of tile on the floor so you can see how it will go on the wall.

Tile options

Decorative tiles can add a nice look to your project but can really add to the cost. When selecting a tile ensure that any bull-nose, inside corners, outside corners, etc are available. Some patterns and layouts wont need the pieces. They can add significantly to your budget depending on your tile choices.

Tools and Materials

Handyguy Paul set up an area in his garage to cut the tiles. He borrowd the saw. The plastic curtain kepts the mess contained.

Handyguy Paul set up an area in his garage to cut the tiles. He borrowed the saw. The plastic curtain kepts the mess contained.

Handyguy Paul found all the tools he needed at the local True Value. First decide on mastic or thinset. The Handyguys discuss the pros and cons of each choice and what applications are best for each.  You will need a trowel, a grout float, a tile saw (rent, borrow or buy one), spacers, grout, caulk, a bucket and a large sponge.

Application Techniques

Paul wraps up the show with some tips and encouragement for anyone considering doing a tile back-splash.


Looks great! Still needs grouting in this picture but the whole project turned out nicely. The design committee aproved.


The Handyguys would like to Thank True Value for sponsoring several segments of The Handyguys Podcast over the past few months. Its supporters like True Value that make it possible for us to stay on the air.

We were one of five bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. We have been compensated for our time commitment to the program and our DIY projects as well as our posts about our experience. We have also been compensated for the materials needed for our DIY project. However, our opinions are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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