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Old 09-06-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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How to cut 16 x 32 Floor Tiles & Trowel size to use

I need to install 16" x 32" porcelain floor tiles that are about 1/4" thick on a basement floor. I am wondering what is the best method to cut these tiles.

I've used a smaller wet tile saw with 4.5" blade to cut smaller tiles but these tiles are thick and are larger than the platform of the wet tile saw. After using the wet tile saw on smaller tiles, it looks like the bigger 16 x 32 tiles will take longer to cut plus it would be unstable to run the large tile on a smaller wet tile saw.

Do you have suggestions on a better/faster way to cut these tiles and still get a clean cut?

Also, what trowel size should I use for these (1/4" or 1/2" square notched trowels)?.

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Old 09-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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Need a much much bigger saw that's all. Those tiles you are using are becomming very popular lately. I use a bridge saw and it works great, costs about $1600. You may be able to rent one somewhere.

I can also tell you, you can expect some problems using tiles that big. The substrate must be very very flat.

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Old 09-06-2009, 09:08 PM   #3
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YIKES! 16x32" tiles on a basement floor? I hope your floor isn't like most basements. Bud is right, that floor needs to be flat like your kitchen table.

Trowel? Maybe 1/2x1/2 square or U. Might have to go with a 3/4"x3/4 U. What type and brand thin set mortar were you going to use?

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Old 09-08-2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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I love the tile, but wow really big.

I can see the lipage already................ We are not talking just flat, we are talking REALLY REALLY flat.........

I say go with 1 inch mosaics instead.........
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