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Laying the second ceramic tile
Place another tile on the wall next to the first, if you are using tile spacers then insert them inbetween the 2 tiles to space evenly.
Ensure the tile is pressed gently against the wall. Check your horizontal and vertical levels, place your spirit level across the top edge of both tiles to check they are running level.
By placing your level across the faces of both tiles together at the top and the bottom will ensure they are both sitting upright.
When you are happy with the positioning apply more adhesive to the surface, enough to allow you to lay the rest of the tiles in this row.
Laying the rest of the ceramic tiles in the row
Continue laying the tiles in the same way (using spacers if required). As you work along, use your level to check each tile's placement individually and with its neighbouring tiles as you lay them.
Don't forget to check for skewing by placing the spirit level across the faces of the tile you are laying and its neighbouring tiles.
If you find that a tile has sunk too much compared to its neighbour then use your trowel to gently pull the tile away from the wall. Repair the area with your tile trowel to even out the adhesive and remove any adhesive from the back of the tile.
Place a small blob of adhesive onto the back of the tile in the area that is sitting too shallow, then place it back into position to check (may take a few attempts to judge the amount of extra adhesive to use).
Laying the remaining rows of the ceramic tiles
When you have finished laying the final full tile in the row, use your tile trowel to remove any excess tile adhesive from the wall on the right of this row of tiles and get to hand a piece of straight batten.
Hold it against the face of the tiles to ensure they are all uniform and then place it along the top edge of the row to check the tiles are level. If the height of a tile needs adjusting use a tile spacer or a piece of card to lift it slightly from the batten.
When applying the adhesive to the surface you can put on just enough for however many tiles you feel comfortable in laying in one time, although you shouldn't finish for the day halfway through a row.
Use your tile trowel to apply adhesive to the area ready for the next row of tiles and continue laying them. If required, use the tile spacers to make the grout line between this row and the first.
After completing each row remove the excess adhesive at the right edge (see fig 2.1).
Use your batten to align the tiles on the right edge as you do each row.
When you have finished all of the rows of the full tiles take advantage of the adhesive still being pliable to check and correct any tiles that may have slipped out of position.
Allow the tile adhesive to set (see manufacturer's instructions) before removing the battens.
In part 5 we will show you how to trim the tiles for the edge pieces.