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Old 11-18-2008, 05:03 PM   #1
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We're installing ceramic tile in our small bathroom, but are unsure how to deal with the threshold between the bathroom and hallway.

  1. Does the tile wrap into the door jamb?
  2. We removed the sloping wood piece that transitioned from the hallway to the old linoleum and it appears that the tile will be level with the wood flooring...do we need a threshold, or just a grout line?
  3. The tile is visible coming under the door into the hallway...should it be the other way around...see the wood floor from inside the bathroom? Maybe this is what warrants some kind of threshold??
Any suggestions will be appreciated...I don't seem to be smart enough to attach pictures!

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Old 11-18-2008, 05:52 PM   #2
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Typically when floor coverings transition they do so under the center of the door. They are not to be seen extending under a door. You could achieve this by installing a new transition piece.

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Old 11-18-2008, 06:10 PM   #3
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Good to know--thanks!

Here is another question:

The baseboards have been removed. Should the tile be cut flush with the existing drywall, then covered with the new baseboards, or should the baseboards be installed (or leave room for them) so the tile butts up to them, instead of under them?
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The tile should be cut 1/4" short of the wall to provide a gap for expansion. The baseboards then cover this gap. Do not grout against the wall, leave the gap open and hide it with the base.
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The baseboards will cover it by sitting on top of the tile, or slipping down between the tile and the wall...I guess I could go measure my baseboard!

You've saved us from some little mistakes that would have made a big difference, thank you!
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Have a similar situation at hand, this tread came very handy. Tnx for the info.

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The baseboards will cover it by sitting on top of the tile, or slipping down between the tile and the wall...I guess I could go measure my baseboard!
Is that a question???

The baseboard sits on top of the tile and covers the gap. Your baseboard should be wider/thicker than 1/4" and should easily cover the gap.
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OOPS! Yes, that was a question...but it was also me realizing I could answer it myself.

Ok, one last question...hopefully.

First, do a dry run with all of the tile, cut everything to fit, etc.

Then...thin set everything from rear to door...OR thin set everything except the edges, wait until dry, then go back to set the remaining pieces???

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If THAT is what you are comfortable with then go for it but I wouldn't. I would establish the layout using the grid system of chalk lines then start deep in the room and install every tile as I backed my way out. That way it's done. You can cut as you go and unexpected changes in placement won't screw things up.
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if this is your first tile job i would plan the layout on paper, then measure the tiles you need to cut then cut them all making sure you have enough spares just in case. then mix the adhesive and lay the tile.
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I don't know why people want to dry lay AND cut tiles before hand, then go back and hope it all works out the same again. Why would you want to lay it twice? It's a good way to turn a one day project into two days or longer?

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Okay then...we'll be getting started on Saturday. If I can figure out how to attach photos, I will.

Thanks for the info and the confidence to "go for it!"
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The tile should be cut 1/4" short of the wall to provide a gap for expansion.
Just curious....what exactly expands?
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EVERYTHING expands!
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I was under the understanding that tile will stay put.
Any expansion from the product or subtrate would crack the tile or at least crack the grout.
I can see Ceramic expanding if it was frozen...but not from humidity......

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