Tiles these days seem to be getting bigger so I wanted something that would make fitting these types of tiles easier and quicker. The main problem with larger tiles is lippage. The more you try to make one corner level with another, the more chances there are of the opposite corner popping out. This system stops that from happening.
The biggest concern that people seem to have with the Raimondi levelling system is that it creates hollows and weak spots when tiles are pulled together. I don’t think that this is the case. Firstly this system is not there to help you hide massive hollows in the background surface. The background surface should still be smooth and level. As for creating hollows when pulling the tiles together, this can be overcome by using a good quality thick bed adhesive but more importantly back buttering 100% of the tile. The tile clips are designed to break under a certain load so provided you’ve laid a good adhesive bed and back buttered, you will only need to move the tiles a small amount which both the adhesive and clips will allow. Trust me, trying to pull a large tile too much against the force of the adhesive will easily break the clip.I have fitted plenty of tiles and then pulled them up again to check adhesive coverage and it always works just fine.
As far as speed goes, I think this system helps. Once you place your first tile and level it, clips are placed around the tile and new tiles added. I tend to place row of tiles and then push all of the wedges in to get them level before placing another row on top. Once the wedge is in place the tiles will not move so you don’t have to keep checking opposite corners etc. Using this system easily enables a competent tiler to fit 5sqm of tiles on a flat wall within a couple of hours – this includes mixing time etc and not rushing etc.
Will the Raimondi leveling system replace the job of a good tiler? No, you still need to be able to tile well to use this system – it just makes your job slightly quicker and a lot easier.
Dust has always been a problem when fitting a new bathroom. The majority of the dust is created when taking the old bathroom suite out and making alterations to walls etc prior to fitting and tiling the new room. I’ve always tried to keep things tidy and have received a lot of positive reviews saying how tidy my work area is so improving upon this was the way to go. I wanted an air filter that was portable and could be moved around easily but one that could clean the air quickly. I know that some would say that the Mc760 is an overspec given the fact that an average bathroom might only have a cubic area of 16 metres and this unit can clear 760 cubic metres in an hour. Well my thoughts were the quicker it can clean the air the better as it reduces the chances of dust settling elsewhere in the house. The Microclene is quick at cleaning the air and does a good job too. I know that the unit is fitted with a G4 filter which will catch 90% of 5 micron particles and 65% of particles below 1 micron. I’ve always used the hoover as much as possible to catch dust so this is still far better than what I had. What is amazing is what the filter looks like after the unit has been working for a while. I left the unit running for an hour or so whilst carrying out some work that I DIDN’T think was dusty but the filter proved me WRONG. Everything that was on the filter would have been going in to my lungs - I know at this stage that some was still going into my lungs even though the Microclene was doing its best to minimize this. Replacement filters are available and seem reasonably priced but so far I’ve been regularly hoovering both sides of the filter media to make it last. One of my main concerns was noise. I didn’t want an air cleaner that was too noisy. It had to do its job but not disturb me of the homeowners downstairs. I would compare it to a relatively quiet hand dryer so you are definitely aware of it . I’ll do a Youtube video soon to show its performance and noise levels. Do I have any regrets buying the Microclene Mc760? No, it appears to be doing a great job but I’ll just have to remember to keep switching it on at regular intervals. If you have any questions please ask and I’ll do my best to answer them.
When installing or planning your new bathroom, getting the lighting right can make or break the look of the room. It used to be the case that no one really gave it much thought but now you can easily create multiple mood zones within the room.
Firstly consider downlights. They don’t take up any visual space but offer great light and can create a lovely spread of light depending on how many lights you choose to install. As it’s a bathroom you will need to make sure that you install bathroom rated downlights which can be used in all zones. Your electrician should be pointing this out. Choose between GU10 mains voltage or 12v low voltage. The mains bulbs are usually easier and slightly cheaper to install as the 12v lights require a transformer as well as the light unit. LED bulbs are available in both variants.
LED strip lighting can be used in bathrooms as it is possible to purchase waterproof strips that run on 12v meaning that they are very safe to use. LED strips can offer the same amount of light as a normal bulb but can be used to highlight areas of interest or create mood zones. Below is an strip of LED lighting over a chrome radiator.
LED strip lighting installed into a bathroom
LED lighting can also be used in other areas such as under units where large bulky flourescent lights used to be used. Below is an example,
LED strip lighting under bathroom cabinets
It’s also important to consider the type of light you want whether it be warm white or a daylight type of bulb. Warm white is usually around 2700 to 3000 kelvins and gives a yellow tinge and is normally found in traditional GU10 downlights. Daylight bulbs give around 6000 kelvins which is a much brighter, whiter light but can sometimes have a blue tinge to the light. You’ll find this type of light in hospital environments or dentist surgeries. The type you choose is down to personal choice but some tiles such as neutral or natural types tend to look washed out with daylight bulbs.
The main point here is that if you have a feature in your bathroom, you can easily enhance it using a light source.