It's always a bit freaky to take on something you really know nothing about. Luckily, there is info on everything on the internet. I'm just hoping that installing slate tile is explained ad nauseam. I bought this awesome tile on Craigslist and now it's going in our kitchen. It sounded so good when I went to pick it up. What I didn't realize is that it needed to be washed thoroughly - and sealed - not once, but twice before it gets installed. And you're supposed to put some sort of a very expensive backer down first.
Yikes. I've been faced with these sorts of scary projects before though, and all turned out okay. S o I'm just going to hold my breath and dive in. Wish me luck.