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Old 06-04-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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If I installed my ceramic tiles on a diagonal pattern, would it show less uneveness to the eye?

Since I have never done this before, I don't expect it to look great, so if I can "fool" the eye in some way, I would be good with that.......

Also, I have to slightly slope for drainage.

Thanks, I'm getting there.

(Is that baby here yet kc........, I'm in a hurry to finish this before he/she arrives.....)

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I don't have an answer for your question, but I am willing to bet it will look just fine and you won't need to be "fooling the eye".

Take photos!!!!

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Old 06-04-2009, 11:53 AM   #3
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Thanks for compliment but I don't know about that......

This is the beauty of not knowing what I was getting into, when I said, "how difficult can it be to finish this basement".....
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Thanks for compliment but I don't know about that......

This is the beauty of not knowing what I was getting into, when I said, "how difficult can it be to finish this basement".....

I can't wait to take pictures!
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Thanks for compliment but I don't know about that......

This is the beauty of not knowing what I was getting into, when I said, "how difficult can it be to finish this basement".....
Bravo! I share your pain and frustration in the enormity of the task. The tv shows make it look easy.

You can use a ledger board on the bottom to guide your tiles to perfect and straight line.

I obsess about the slightest imperfections but then after I realize it is futile as I am the only one who will know. And in the end you see the project in whole and not focused on one particular area.

Cheers to you.
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If I installed my ceramic tiles on a diagonal pattern, would it show less uneveness to the eye?
Depends on your viewing perspective but usually yes.

How about a "runninmg bond" to disrupt what the eye sees? Better than run-of-the-mill diagonal maybe.
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Here's the main problem with running tile floors on a 45. In anything but a perfectly square, equal sided room, you end up with trying to hide this kind of un-balance. You CAN finally work out a reasonable layout, but it's tough.
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Thanks Bud. I am so glad to hear that, about the diagonal pattern, because I need all the help I can get.

What is "running bond"? Is it when you change size of tiles, and use different sizes?

By the way, Bud, I have just taken off all the paint on the concrete, (as you told me to) and I found a product called safe strip, that is enviro friendly, and has no odour and has worked fabulously for me.
A LOT, of work, but I am done, all 750 square feet of it.
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Tile laid in a running bond. Tile floors tend to lose some of the impressive effect of their "expansiveness" done this way.
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Thanks Willie.

That pattern is another one that I was considering. I thought it was called brickwork pattern.

I may go with either one.
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Running Bond/Brickwork Pattern - Toe-May-Toe/Toe-Mah-Toe

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Here's the main problem with running tile floors on a 45. In anything but a perfectly square, equal sided room, you end up with trying to hide this kind of un-balance. You CAN finally work out a reasonable layout, but it's tough.
I'm going to disagree with that conclusion. When using a diagonal layout this hides a muriad of errors. The problem is each edge tile must be cut slightly different than the others and THAT is a PITA.

The straight lay patterns will show crooked walls a whole lot quicker than a diagonal pattern. With diagonal pattern you'll never notice the errors.
With straight lay you'll have a straight wall to compare the grout lines to. With diagonal you will not.
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Bud, my favourite tile guy......, tell me which one I should go with, and I will listen.
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You could do a diagonal running bond and really confuse the eye.

Another plus for a diagonal lay is that most professional decorators will tell you it expands one's perception of a room, makes it look larger. I suppose that-too is argueable.

Let's go back for a minute! When you said in your first post:

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If I installed my ceramic tiles on a diagonal pattern, would it show less uneveness to the eye?
Where you concerned about the room being out-of-square or where you referring to tile-lippage?
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I am not concerned about the room being square.

I am concerned about tile lippage. My brother in law just has his tiles installed by a professional and he has lippage. I figure, if the pro has lippage, I am going to have major lippage. (like Angelina Jolies lippage.....lol)
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The flatter the substrate the better of course. The larger the tile the flatter the substrate needs to be.

So......what's the substrate like?

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