As of November 2008 TILE YOUR WORLD is still the only available book that covers ceramic tile showers completely A comprehensive and in depth guide for amateur and professional ceramic tile setters TILE YOUR WORLD takes the reader from the early history of the craft, all the way through to advanced residential tiling techniques Projects range from kitchen and bathroom floors to custom tile shower installations Kitchen counters and back splashes are also covered TILE YOUR WORLD contains over 300 black and white photos and line drawings and 6 four page color inserts Eight appendices and a full index are included....
|Title||:||Tile Your World: John Bridge's New Tile Setting Book|
|Publisher||:||Mistflower Press December 20, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
|File Size||:||692 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Tile Your World: John Bridge's New Tile Setting Book Reviews
I found this book to be a let down and agree with the other critical reviews. It gives some useful info at times, but has huge holes and often talks in generalities. For example, it doesn't even touch on what to do when your subfloor isn't planar or what tolerances are needed for various sized tiles. Pretty basic stuff I expected to see in this book.
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.
If you're getting ready to do a bathroom renovation that includes putting in a new shower, you NEED this book. We are not new to major home renovation projects and I have done lots of tiling projects in the past, but this is our first shower build from the floor up. This book is not just about how to schlep mud on a wall and make the tile look pretty, but more importantly it goes into considerable detail about the crucial part - what's underneath and how to properly construct it. I've learned with each successive project that you have to think in terms of "3 steps down the road" - step A has to be done a certain way, otherwise later on when tackling step C or D, you run into problems. This book does just that. It's not your typical bathroom book (which are usually nothing more than a photo gallery of nice bathrooms telling you to hire a contractor to do the project). This book is for those of us who enjoy working with our hands and are up to a good challenge. The step-by-step instructions include lots of pictures and details even which order to tile the curb, niche, bench, etc. And yes, it also includes "pretty pictures" for inspiration!!
I had very little experience tiling so I decided to read up on it before I tackled tiling my shower surround. I found several helpful hints in this book, but I learned way more from someone that helped me that has been tiling for a while. I think it is one of those things that experience is nearly impossible to substitute. Nonetheless, I found the book to have some good tips, even if some of the styles in the pictures are a bit dated. I also would have found more pictures to be helpful.
This was a well-written, enjoyable book for those interested in tiling. Of particular interest is the section on using a kerdi membrane to build a shower. John Bridge is a frequent poster at his own forums, which are free for all to use, and is a really humble guy with a tremendous amount of knowledge in the industry. Read this book several times if you're starting a new project and need the basics and the advanced stuff all in one.
As a dedicated DIYer with no tiling experience, I needed a book that would provide a good overview as well as the details to actually get the job done. This book presents the necessary information in a manner that benefits novices and pros alike.
This is a very nice book, and written in an entertaining and interesting style. I like the pictures that show the tools and techniques, and the way he tells it like it is. It is written to explain the basics to beginners, but also have enough detail to inform more experienced tile people. However, the quibble I have is that this book really emphasizes a mud base for the tile and spends most all of the time talking about the mud base, instead of more modern and easier bases such as CBU. The author admits that he is an old "mud man", and this certainly reflects on the content of the book. As a beginner, I think it is easier to use CBU as the base, and I was disappointed with the lack of detail on that. I ended up buying another book- "Setting Tile" by Michael Byrne, and I would more highly recommend that for beginners like me.
Good tips here not covered in other publications.