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Old 07-23-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Can I fix a bad tile job?

My "builder" grouted the tile that was laid last friday. After he had left I noticed that the job wasn't great, but worst of all there were 2 bad peaks in the middle of the floor. I have attached a picture of the worst one.
I was just wondering if this can be fixed without damaging the surrounding tiles or not?
They are nice 12x24 porcelain tiles fyi.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at, but I do know that the larger the tile, the less forgiving they are.
In other words, a small two inch mosaic tile can follow hills and valleys with little problem. This is why they are used on shower floors, so they can follow the dip down to the drain.
Larger tiles need a perfectly flat surface, otherwise you end up with lippage, where the edge of one tile sits above the one next to it.
Laying 12x24 tile on a less than perfectly flat floor..., well, an expert may be able to fill in a low spot, but if you have a high spot you're gonna end up with problems.


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Old 07-23-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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You are looking at where 2 tiles meet and a level sitting on them to show how uneven they are.
This was a flat surface. They clearly put too much mud under it and didn't bother to use a level and are somewhat to completely blind.
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You can remove the tiles by cleaning out the grout lines around the tiles in question break them in the middle with a cold chisel remove tile, clean base and re-install new tile.
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There is nothing you can do to level it without removing the tile, in my opinion.
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