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Old 07-28-2007, 10:32 PM   #1
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I am new to putting in tile flooring but I ran into an issue with my layout and I don't know what to do. I have an L shaped bathroom with two odd shaped closets. I have marked the center of the entrance to the bathroom and the center of the other side of the L shaped room. I laid out my tiles based on my chalk lines but have run into an issue at the closet. I ended up with a 3/4 inch edge at the corner of the closet and don't know what to do. If I shift everything over I will knock of the center of the tiling as you enter the bathroom. What do you do in this situation? Do I just cut the little 3/4 inch pieces within the closet? I have attached pictures to help with everyone’s understanding.

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Old 07-28-2007, 11:56 PM   #2
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Tom; I can only tell you what I do. I am shure that flooring guys may have another or better way. Anyway, the second picture that shows your layout in respect to the shower pan in backround: It appers that even tho you have snapped center you are a half tile off center, you should have put tile center on center line that said here is what I like: I try to balance the tile; lets take this space: first measure full width, next divide that space by the tile width, you will have some odd inches left; take those inches add them to the width of a tile, take that total number and divide it in half. Now snap a line that many inches OFF THE WALL, start your full tiles from there and you will normally have the same border on the walls and floor will look balanced. If you do this all around IE snap lines it will make itself rather clear how it all shakes out. Run all your field first, thne go back and fill in the edges.

here is math: lets say room is 82" wide, we have 12" tile; this means 6 full tiles and 10" remainder plus 12" = 22" divide in half 11" so my border is 11" wide. pull line 11" off the wall and when u lay ur field from that point at the other wall you should have very close to 11" border. Do opposing hall the same way where they intersect you will "see" a tile with a notch that forms border into both spaces. Use a shim and hand saw to undercut all your door stops to allow tile to slide under them and then you only need straight cuts.
This is probably as clear as mud.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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Skymaster has the obvious alternative to the tiny pieces you describe, which will be a real pain in the butt, and be an eyecatching thing besides. Sometimes you are better starting to lay at center and run in both directions, sometimes you need to lay the center of the first tile on center and work from there as described. It is a judgement call based on the asthetics. Seconds on the hope that the pictured stuff is not glued down.
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The real question is: Is anything glued down yet?

It looks like you completed the closet then decided on the main area?

If the closet is glued down, either pull it up and start over, or shift everything 3/4".
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:23 PM   #5
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you will have little pieces most of the installations and I don't think it is such a big deal... and I believe professional don't bother those... the main layout is kind of all the edges use minimum half a tile ... anything in the middle... got little pieces and let the little pieces be there... and you aren't going to spent 2 years to try to come up with a perfect layout with no little pieces .... and sure professional won't spent their time for that either...
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How about:

Either start with a full tile centered on the main doorway (centerline of tile on centerline of door), or take a different approach and run all tiles on a diagonal.
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you will have little pieces most of the installations and I don't think it is such a big deal... and I believe professional don't bother those... the main layout is kind of all the edges use minimum half a tile ... anything in the middle... got little pieces and let the little pieces be there... and you aren't going to spent 2 years to try to come up with a perfect layout with no little pieces .... and sure professional won't spent their time for that either...
No Offense intended but this is the difference between a DIY job and a Professional one. Take the time to lay it out the best way possible. It will look better for years to come. Leave little pieces and that's all you will ever see.
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go with a running bond pattern..

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