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Old 01-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Ceramic tile around a basement pole


I am tiling around a bar I installed in my basement. I probably should have planned my job around the pole, but I thought it would be more important to have full tiles on the outer edges. Of course, the pole lands right in the middle of a tile. I'm installing in a diamond pattern (if that matters). Any ideas on the cleanest way to install around the pole? I would like to minimize the unsightly cracks, etc.

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I think the only option you have is to cut the tile in two pieces. I would cut it so the seam passes through the middle of the pole and plan on a narrow grout line. Then cut out the two half circles.

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You could also get some small decorative tile (mosaics maybe) and use them around the pole instead of the one piece of your field tile.
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Are you planning on covering the pole with anything?
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You will need to cut the tile---That's called a 'Dutch Man' ---don't try to hard to disguise the cut--it needs grout--Just plan its placement so that it looks good with the tile---
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