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Old 09-14-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Im tiling my bathroom floor and the room is off square.At one end its 83 3/4 and the other end is 84 1/2. I want to snap my line in the centre of the room but as its off square how do i do this to keep the tiles in a straight line?

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Is one end under a cabinet or something else ?
Corner etc where the uneven edge will not be noticed as much ?

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How much of a pain would it be to redo one piece of drywall to make it more even?

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Im tiling my bathroom floor and the room is off square.At one end its 83 3/4 and the other end is 84 1/2. I want to snap my line in the centre of the room but as its off square how do i do this to keep the tiles in a straight line?

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Dear Ron,

Please read this closely. If you are a stickler when flooring, like me, you will appreciate this.
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Is one end under a cabinet or something else ?
Corner etc where the uneven edge will not be noticed as much ?

NO,im not that lucky lol
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How much of a pain would it be to redo one piece of drywall to make it more even?

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No thats not an option
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Ron,

Those two suggestions wouldn't be feasible anyway.

The idea is to install the tiles so that the out of squareness does not show much if at all. This mean you do not try to bounce full tiles off any wall, but instead make cuts so it does not show.

It would be helpful if you had mentioned the size of the tiles you're using. Please reply with that info and someone will help.

while we have your attention, can you tell us what the substrate is and how and with what specific materials you plan to proceed.

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As JazMan is saying, it's a balancing act. Believe it or not, choosing the right size tile can sometimes enable you to almost completely hide the kind of unevenness you wrote about.
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Please read this closely. If you are a stickler when flooring, like me, you will appreciate this.
How can you state you are a stickler for flooring when you tiled over carpet ?
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You could also lay the tiles on a 45 degree angle instead of in straight rows if that is an option for you. You may not notice it at all then.

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I definitely disagree with the above statement. Setting tiles on a 45 degree diagonal is likely to make matters even worse. Most people want to start at least one wall with half & full tile scenario, which would accentuate the problem as the tip disappears and a new tip appears. in large rooms that are way off, we sometimes set tiles at an odd degree, such as 30-35, or whatever.

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How can you state you are a stickler for flooring when you tiled over carpet ?
I see your point; however, that was a long time ago, and I have successfully tiled several floors since then. In every instance, I made sure that the areas were clear of any carpet first. Most of the time, I used 1/2" cement board.

I have learned from the mistakes of the past and have moved on. In this present case, you will see that I have submitted some very good advice derived from the early mathematical theories of Pythagoras.

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For small tiles you could vary the spacing (gap width) between tiles. Divide up the "error" among all the rows and the discrepancy for each row might be just 1/32'nd inch or so.
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What size tile? Can you lay parallel off of the more visual wall and let the other wall take up the unevenness? Need more info.
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I see your point; however, that was a long time ago, and I have successfully tiled several floors since then. In every instance, I made sure that the areas were clear of any carpet first. Most of the time, I used 1/2" cement board.

I have learned from the mistakes of the past and have moved on. In this present case, you will see that I have submitted some very good advice derived from the early mathematical theories of Pythagoras.

Thank you.
I tried that Pythagorean theorem thing on a piece of paper. It took a while to figure out the directions. I seem to remember learning that somewhere before, maybe geometry class in high school. Works great, can't wait to try it out for real. I had forgotten about the tile over carpet. I thought that was a goof.

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