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Old 04-22-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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I've seen it both ways 1. mark the center vertical and horizontal and start tile from the mid point. 2. start at the bottom just above the tub so that there are not cuts next to the tub.

Seems like it wouldn't make a difference. I like the idea of fewer cuts.

What is the "right" way?

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Old 04-22-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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#1 is the right way on all tiling jobs.

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Thanks, any particular reason why? Seems like having no cuts at the bottom would look better.
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I lay a level on the Tub to find the low spot. Even the best plumber who sets the tub can't account for twists and tweaks that inherent with all tubs.

To have an even grout joint at the tub, you have to draw a level line all the way around starting at the low spot with a full tile, and the cut in where the tub is higher.

Some times you get lucky if the tub isn't out of level much.
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Well I put the tub in so of course it is perfectly level

One thing that struck me as to why you start at the mid point intersection is so that the tiles at the bottom would be cut the same as the tiles at the top and wouldnt look funny. But since I can stop anywhere I want to at the top that wont matter. I am going to save myself some cuts and start at the bottom - using the level line at the low point.
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Starting near the middle reduces the effects of cumulative error as well.

You may not always want to bisect your tile field with your reference lines. The goal is not so much even tile sizes on the edges as it is about deciding which layout works best for a room.

Decide where the focal point of the tile field is and use your reference lines to ensure the best presentation of the tile at that area. For example, on a bathroom floor you would want the tiles along the tub to be full size or almost full size while your last row behind the toilet and under the vanity toe kick can be much smaller.

Good luck and let us see the results.
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#1 is the right way on all tiling jobs.
Not necessarily. Mark the center then check and see how the tiles run out and what your end cuts will be. Sometimes it is necessary to shift the whole layout a half width to eliminate skinny pieces on the end. Very similar to drop ceiling layout. I don't want to see slim cuts at the ends.
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Not necessarily. Mark the center then check and see how the tiles run out and what your end cuts will be. Sometimes it is necessary to shift the whole layout a half width to eliminate skinny pieces on the end. Very similar to drop ceiling layout. I don't want to see slim cuts at the ends.
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