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Old 02-10-2010, 06:52 PM   #1
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Going to install Marble tile in bathroom. Have to take the toilet out so I can chisel the old tile out. When I put the Marble down I want to stagger the Marble so it's not one right after the other one. Can a seam be in front and I guess under the toilet, I'm going to place them pretty close to each other so it will look like one 5x5 slab. The first piece will be a 12x12 piece that you will step on first when entering the bathroom. The room only has a sink and a toilet so it will be about 25 pieces total in there. Thanks

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Old 02-10-2010, 07:08 PM   #2
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Can Marble tiles be pretty close together so it will look like one big slab? Or, do you still have to use spacers, which I will anyway but what size would be good so the unsanded grout gets in between? Thanks

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you can install them right together with no spaces
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you cut the marble around the toilet flange. Remove the toilet install the marble and then install the toilet. The location of joints has no connection with the toilet.
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To my eye, marble looks best with minimal grout lines; 1/16", or preferrably IMO fitted tight as suggested by Bob. Layout is generally based on acheiving the best visual appeal, which in most cases is based on room dimensions,trying to avoid eye catchers like a full tile against one wall and a 2" strip down the opposite wall; or in some cases where the view into the door is very prominent, the tiles are laid to present a balanced look relating to the door opening. Always dry lay enough pieces to find what is satisfying to your eye.
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you can install them right together with no spaces
Not a great idea, I would want a grout joint, 1/32" minimum.
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Not a great idea, I would want a grout joint, 1/32" minimum.
I agree and I did not say it was a good idea. Just that it can be done, that is what the op asked and I have done it before with no issues. But the tiles need to be square edge type and installed perfectly.
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Lets also back up here, is this floor a slab or wood?

If wood, special needs for stone.

Yes, butting them can be done, but it shouldn't, think of all the nice things that will get in the joints and grow.

Even butted, there will be space between them, but not enough for a good grout job that will last.

Find a color grout close or the same as the stone color, it will look fine.
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One might be able to get a "grant" from the local university to study the "creation and ongoing growth of mold and mildew". That floor could turn into a giant Petri dish for scientific experiments.

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