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Old 04-12-2013, 08:47 AM   #76
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4"blade in an angle grinder.
This.

You can score the top surface for that matter and nippers will break it clean at that point.

That or a wet tile saw.

You can borrow mine if you need one Jeff.

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I see you used Ditra on the floor. Would you recommend using it on a slightly out of level concrete floor (with some high and low spots)?
I would probably ask that in the flooring section for an actual pro, but here is what I say.

Ditra is not used as a leveler. That said, either level the floor with SLC prior to Ditra or use thinset when setting the tile (depending on how out of wack you are)
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This.

You can score the top surface for that matter and nippers will break it clean at that point.

That or a wet tile saw.

You can borrow mine if you need one Jeff.
Thanks Eric!! This won't be my only project, so I had planned to buy all of this stuff anyway. Looks like my tool list is a Nipper, tile cutter and angle grinder.
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Got the Ditra down on the floor with Modified thinset. A new respect for the pros who do this every day!!!

Tips:
  • Get a larger trowel so you can scoop the thinset out with the end! I didn't and had my whole hand covered.
  • Have a damp sponge ready to clean off the walls from thinset.
  • Have a float handy to press down the Ditra.
  • Newbies... Have patience!
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Nicw color. I knew you'd come to your senses.

Anyway when you need to drill thru the tile to set your flange, I bought a 4 piece set of Bosch tile/glass bits.

Put small piece of tape on tile where you want to drill to stop bit from skidding.

Take some playdough or plumbers putty and form it into like a 1 inch diameter ring. Put the ring of playdough/putty over where you want to drill the hole and put some water inside the ring. Then start drilling.

The playdough/putty will contain the water like a dam and the water will help keep bit cool.
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Starting to lay out the tile... The way its looking, I will have a small, maybe 2-3 inch piece on the back wall. To make it look more proportioned, should I cut the first row of tiles in half (12 in tiles) so the first and last row are similar in size?
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Starting to lay out the tile... The way its looking, I will have a small, maybe 2-3 inch piece on the back wall. To make it look more proportioned, should I cut the first row of tiles in half (12 in tiles) so the first and last row are similar in size?
If you adjust by removing the 1st row you will have about 15" left. Split that between 1st and last row and each will be about 7.5"

Will look better than a small 3" piece at back row.

In my opinion.
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Cut and layed out all of the tile except for the piece around the toilet. I'll cut that piece and finish the tile tomorrow.

I cut off 4.5 inches from the first row to make the first and last row look similar. Thanks!!
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Cut and layed out all of the tile except for the piece around the toilet. I'll cut that piece and finish the tile tomorrow.

I cut off 4.5 inches from the first row to make the first and last row look similar. Thanks!!

oooh a full piece covering the commode hole...makes it a little tougher to cut that hole...do post when you have that fitted over it
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oooh a full piece covering the commode hole...makes it a little tougher to cut that hole...do post when you have that fitted over it
Piece of cake to cut with a 4" blade in a grinder.
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Piece of cake to cut with a 4" blade in a grinder.
Not so far... Whats the trick with the grinder? I tried with a 4.5 Ryobi grinder with a 4" tile blade and as I was cutting, the whole end of the tile broke off...
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Not so far... Whats the trick with the grinder? I tried with a 4.5 Ryobi grinder with a 4" tile blade and as I was cutting, the whole end of the tile broke off...
how many pieces have you ruined so far...try drilling "pilot" holes around and use grinder to go from hole to hole
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I like the hole drilling idea... I went and got that 4 pack of bits you showed me. I'll try it tonight.
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Not so far... Whats the trick with the grinder? I tried with a 4.5 Ryobi grinder with a 4" tile blade and as I was cutting, the whole end of the tile broke off...
I didn't go right thru the middle so maybe I spoke too soon.
I did go quite far in leaving a very small edge piece.
Just hold the blade at about 30-45* angle so the cut is round and keep cutting a bit at a time around and around.

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I didn't go right thru the middle so maybe I spoke too soon.
I did go quite far in leaving a very small edge piece.
Just hold the blade at about 30-45* angle so the cut is round and keep cutting a bit at a time around and around.
your cuts look nice but with the cuts being along an edge it does make it a little bit easier. Trucon has to get into the interior on the tile piece without disturbing the edges.

Are those different colored tiles around the commode, shower and opposite edge or do some have a haze on them?


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