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Andiy 02-04-2013 10:01 AM

Advice for setting mosaic hexagon floor tile?
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Hi again all; the bathroom rehab continues unabated!* My next step in the gut rehab is tiling the floor.

We've decided on some old-school hexagon black and white porcelain mosaics, similar to the original floor. The only difference is that the originals were matte; we're using the tiles with the glossy finish.

I've done a lot of tiling (relatively speaking of course - I'm not a pro, but I did cut my teeth on tiling by working for one of those old Italian immigrant pros when I was in HS... learned to do things right!) I don't recall ever installing mosaic tile however.

Any tips you experts care to share? We'll be using a grey grout, so I have the grey modified thinset. I understand I should get a trowel with short grooves, like 1/8"? I assume that I'll need to "straighten out" the edges, i.e., take the angles off the tiles where the 12x12 mats meet the wall / tub. Do you use the wet saw for that, or since the tiles are so small, just use a set of nippers? Thanks!

*I have been photographing the project pretty much day by day from it's ugly beginnings to it's (hopefully) beautiful completion. I'm new to this site - Do members here post up timeline picture shows of their DIY conversions? I'd be happy to share all my pain with y'all if that kind of thing is welcome... :)

oh'mike 02-04-2013 11:10 AM

1/8 x1/8 x 1/8 square notch is usually a good size---a flat floor helps avoid 'ballooning"

That is the situation when the grout lines get wider as the floor rises--

Those are one of the more difficult tiles to set----keeping the grout spacing even can be time consuming--and impossible if the sheets are not perfect.

brockmiera 02-04-2013 04:20 PM

Heck Yeah! Post it in the project showcase section.

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