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Personal statement As a tiler I would cover walls or floors with tiles, on jobs ranging from tiling a kitchen or bathroom inclusive sound insolation, to fitting out a shop, hotel or restaurant. I also carry out specialist work, for instance on swimming pools and mosaic walls found in landscape gardening. I would work with various building materials, including ceramics, glass, terracotta, stone, granite and marble. Preparing for work: • examining plans, measuring and marking surfaces and laying out work • preparing wall and floor surfaces by removing old tiles, grout and adhesive, filling holes and cracks, and cleaning surfaces • spreading adhesive onto prepared surfaces and tiles, and setting tiles in position • using tile-cutting tools to cut and shape tiles needed for edges and corners, and around objects such as fittings and pipes • ensuring tiles are correctly aligned and spaced • grouting tiles, and cleaning and removing excess grout • applying waterproofing systems • may lay floors of granolithic, terrazzo, cement or similar composition • may lay coloured tiles in patterns to create mosaics • Skills: • good practical skills • the ability to follow design plans • accuracy and attention to detail • maths skills for calculating costs and quantities of materials • creative flair and a good eye for design • the ability to work as part of a team or alone • customer service skills • an awareness of health and safety • the ability to keep paperwork and accounts up to date (if self-employed). My tasks: • Mark out areas and choose the right amount of tiles and paste • Repair or remove old surfaces • Cut tiles using different tools • Prepare surfaces with plaster, sand or cement • Fix tiles and apply grout • Buy materials and look after budgets • Talk to customers about their ideas
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