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Tile and Marble Setters

Tile and Marble Setters

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Tile and Marble Setters Description

Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks.

Tile and Marble Setters Related Job Titles

Acoustical Carpenter, Acoustical Installer, Acoustical Material Worker, Ceramic Tile Installer, Ceramic Tile Mechanic, Ceramic Tile Setter, Floor Layer Tile, Granite Installer, Hard Tile Setter, Hard Tile Setter Apprentice, Marble Ceiling Installer, Marble Finisher, Marble Installer, Marble Mason, Marble Worker, Mastic Floor Layer, Mosaic Floor Layer, Mosaic Layer, Mosaic Worker, Parquet Floor Layer, Parquetry Floor Layer, Tile and Marble Installer, Tile and Marble Setter, Tile Conduit Layer, Tile Erector, Tile Finisher, Tile Installer, Tile Mason, Tile Mechanic, Tile Setter, Tile Setter Apprentice, Tilesetter, Wood Tile Installer,


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Tile and Marble Setters Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Apply mortar to tile back, position the tile and press or tap with trowel handle to affix tile to base.
  • Mix and apply mortar or cement to edges and ends of drain tiles to seal halves and joints.
  • Apply a sealer to make grout stain- and water-resistant.
  • Align and straighten tile using levels, squares and straightedges.
  • Measure and mark surfaces to be tiled, following blueprints.
  • Cut, surface, polish and install marble and granite or install pre-cast terrazzo, granite or marble units.
  • Mix, apply, and spread plaster, concrete, mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives to form a bed for the tiles, using brush, trowel and screed.
  • Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles and into odd spaces and corners, using hand and power cutting tools.
  • Determine and implement the best layout to achieve a desired pattern.
  • Finish and dress the joints and wipe excess grout from between tiles, using damp sponge.
  • Level concrete and allow to dry.
  • Prepare surfaces for tiling by attaching lath or waterproof paper, or by applying a cement mortar coat onto a metal screen.
  • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tile.
  • Remove any old tile, grout and adhesive using chisels and scrapers and clean the surface carefully.
  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural and floor designs.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Spread mastic or other adhesive base on roof deck to form base for promenade tile, using serrated spreader.
  • Install and anchor fixtures in designated positions, using hand tools.
  • Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires and brackets.
  • Brush glue onto manila paper on which design has been drawn and position tiles finished side down onto paper.
  • Cut tile backing to required size, using shears.
  • Measure and cut metal lath to size for walls and ceilings, using tin snips.
  • Prepare cost and labor estimates based on calculations of time and materials needed for project.
  • Study blueprints and examine surface to be covered to determine amount of material needed.
  • Assist customers in selection of tile and grout.
  • Select and order tile and other items to be installed, such as bathroom accessories, walls, panels, and cabinets, according to specifications.

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