Newbie, newb, noob, n00b or nub is a slang term for a novice or newcomer, or somebody inexperienced in a profession or activity. Contemporary use can particularly refer to a beginner or new user of computers, often concerning Internet activity, such as online gaming or Linux use.The origin of this term is uncertain. Earliest uses probably date to late twentieth century United States Armed Forces jargon, though possible precursor terms are much earlier. Variant forms of the noun include newby and newbie, while the related term noob (often stylized as "n00b") is often used in online gaming.

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  1. M

    First tiling project - just need to vent

    Grouting my shower walls in a few days. I tried to do everything by the book, which I did. Water membrane, proper notching, back-buttering. Then I learned that in the section from when I first started laying tiles, there were voids -- one tile rocking. I had to remove and replace 20 tiles...
  2. C

    Please give advice to a Newbie!!

    Hi to everyone on here as im new to the forum. After tiling on major house building new build sites for the last 7 years ive fallen back into more domestic work and out of the loop where prices are concerned. I’ve been asked to tile a bathroom and Ensuite in hexagon tiles 200x240 on the walls...
  3. T

    Newbie Hello-Working on replacing old tile - At a Fork in the Road

    To Remove Old Glue, Mastic or ?. OR to add Glue and Leave what's there in place? The plan is to replace the squares with 15"x 30" tiles. I am leaning toward demo, but am I asking for more trouble than one more inch of space and modern insulation is worth? I am guessing that if I clear the...
  4. A

    Any Manchester based tilers looking for someone to take on?

    Hi all I'm new to the forum, My name is Ainsley and I'm just wondering if any tilers in the Manchester area are looking for anybody to take on, I completed a 10 day level 1 course last year and quickly realised they just teach you the very basics, I have completed several jobs (kitchen...
  5. FreddieGardiner

    Intro for newbie.....

    Hi, newbie here. I'm Freddie, BTW☺️
  6. B

    Just Saying Hello .. a newbie DIY tiler

    I've just found this forum so will have a look through some of the threads to get some advice. I am about to tile a splashback in a new kitchen, having only tiled once before and that was several years ago. the YouTube videos make it look easy .. but like all things, it's never as easy as the...
  7. B

    Tile Adhesive Advice .. for a Newbie DIY Tiler

    I am about to try tiling a splashback, having only tiled once before (10+ years ago) I've watched a few YT videos so think I know what to do, but there are so many brands of adhesive available, from well-known names to own brand names. I'll be using 200 x 100 ceramic tiles and think ready...
  8. N

    How's My Tiling? Dot and dab error

    Hi, I am looking for some advise with tiling my bathroom. Following research online and through YouTube I have tried to learn the basic of tiling and the do’s and don’t. I have come to tile my bathroom and following some advice for an ex-tiler I know they recommended I use the dab and dot...
  9. M

    Newbie here need a question answered

    Hello, I recently purchased polished hexagonal 3in mosaic. I have tile cut and ready for setting but I just realized that I bought polished... and it's in a shower floor. So my issue is what to do about grout ?? Sanded is better but how bad will it scratch it? Any input on what to do would be...
  10. D

    Newbie after advice

    Hi guys, new to the forum and after some advice if possible. Without boring you with my life story I am mid 30’s and have worked the same job (cnc machinist) since leaving school and am looking for a change in career. My current shift pattern allows me alot of time of and I have realised that if...
  11. R

    Newbie saying Hi

    Hi all, I just wanted to introduce myself to the forum, I’m Ryan and I came back off the UK Pro Tiling course in Hartlepool last week and am looking to start up on my own. I would like to get some experience while the work comes in and thought I’d ask if anyone would like a hand or mind if I...
  12. S


    Hello everybody. Yet another DIYer here, about to take on a 18m2 bathroom wall tiling job in my own home, with virtually no tiling experience. What could go wrong! Steve
  13. T

    Newbie here

    Hi Im neil, 36 from Brighton. Im currently doing an entry level course to see if i want to change careers and get into tiling. Im really enjoying the course and am surprising myself with quality of work, conaidering this is the first time ive tiled. I apologise in advance if any of my...
  14. P

    Novice attempting grout removal - how to avoid scratches?

    I've just had a go at regrouting a small area of my bathroom wall, and though not perfect the new grouting looks pretty good. Unfortunately, in the process of removing the old grouting with a Makita multi-tool, I scratched three of the tiles, one of which now stands out like a sore thumb bearing...
  15. C

    Bullnose newbie

    Evening fellow dabbers! I need to bullnose around a pool and want to know the best way to go about it! Should I get a profiler and pads or free hand with pads. Also tips and advice please 💪🏻
  16. marsels

    Hi all. Im newbie.

    Nice to be a part of this community!
  17. F

    Newbie searching floor tiles

    Hi all, I have enjoyed reading through some of the problems and fixes on this site so I'm hoping someone can help me find some floor tiles. I have a kitchen floor with light terracotta tiles, wavy edges and bevelled measuring around 8-10mm thick and ~330mm square. we have 6 cracked, 3 of those...
  18. F

    My 1st Job Advice for a newbie

    Hi,I was hoping to get some advice on laying 800x800 polished porcelain floor tiles,I've never done it b4 ,its approx 18sqm in my kitchen and into my downstairs bathroom,I've self leveled the floor and was looking 4 some tips on type of adhesive, which size notched trowel,whereas best to start...
  19. E

    My 1st Job what weight tiles will paramount take

    Hi Guys, another newbie here, what weight in kgs per sqm will honeycomb plasterboard walls take please? Paramount Partition wall boards type. I want to fully tile my bathroom walls in 600x300 ceramic tiles but, since finding out the wall structure I am now concerned the walls won’t take the...
  20. dottigirl

    Grout for a newbie, 23x40 tiles, & layout

    delurks Hi, My late mother did an 'interesting' tiling job, and I now want to make it look a little more finished. There's pics on this thread: Bathroom with peach suite - colour scheme to update please? -...
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