by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 26, 2016)
All anyone needs to do to fix a loose tile is a few items, and about an hour of your time. The items that you need to gather together are a drill and complete set of drill bits, a construction syringe, some two part epoxy (or glue), grout that matches the existing style and some golf tees. If you don't have these items around the home, then you can purchase them all at your local department store, home supply depot, or the local sporting goods store. Once you have all of these items you are free to start your project.
The first step is to select a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the grout joints in width. Fit this drill bit into your drill and proceed to drill one small hole into the grout on each side of the tile. Be careful when you do this that you do not crack the tile itself, or you may end up having to replace the tile. In the event that this happens, you may wish to take the broken tile to your local home supply store and see if you can find a matching one, so that you can replace just that tile instead of having to replace the entire floor.
Once you have drilled the holes, you need to mix the glue (or epoxy) properly. Just follow the manufacturers' directions as listed on the package, after which you are just about ready to glue that annoying tile down. Before doing that though, you want to stick a golf tee all but one of the holes you drilled. These tees are going to help ensure that all the empty spaces under the tile are filled with the epoxy you are about to inject.
Use your construction syringe, with as small of an applicator nozzle as you can find, to inject the epoxy into the floor. You want to ensure that you have a tight fit, as close to airtight as you can get so that the glue does not seep out around the nozzle while you are injecting it into the holes. Keep injecting the stuff under the tile until it starts to ooze out around the golf tees. When this happens, simply remove the tees, and remove the excess epoxy. Allow the epoxy to dry out (or cure as it says on the directions), and while it is doing so mix the grout. Once the epoxy is dried, apply the grout to the holes you created, and you are finished.
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