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gale1 02-04-2013 04:49 PM

how to get a start a straight line for tiling
How can I get my firt straight line to use for my first row of tile when I have nothing straight in the bathroom?

oh'mike 02-04-2013 04:56 PM

Walls or floor?

Typically a chalk line is used to snap a straight line down the center of the room----then a measurement is made of the tile --plus one grout line-(actually two tiles and two grout lines-) and that measurement is used to make a line near the wall---

If the second line is 1/2 of a tile or larger--you are good in that direction---

If it is less than 1/2 of a tile---move the center line over by 1/2 tile and use that line to measure over towards the wall----

Once that line is complete---repeat the process in the other direction---

jammy54 08-09-2013 12:41 AM

I have also found that you want to check what the tile configuration will be around the toilet. You don't want to have to cut thin slivers of tile, or a three-quarters inner crescent around the flange. As Mike suggests above, get the two perpendicular lines in the "center" of the bathroom, but check edges and around toilet flange, vanity, any other built-in to make sure you don't have a tiny piece at the edge. Move the "center" point over to increase the small piece or eliminate it completely.

ddawg16 08-09-2013 12:53 AM

Gale....can you post a pic?

What kind of tile are you using?

Like the guys above said, you don't want to end up having little slivers of tile on the sides.

If your tile is not square, you want to make sure you pick the right 'direction'. If the tiles are rectangular, you want them to go in the long direction.

And if you do have one of those really odd shaped areas, think about turning the tiles 45 deg. While it's a bit more tile can solve odd shaped area layouts. If you get our line right...the pieces you cut in half get used on each side...with maybe a little trimming.

oh'mike 08-09-2013 05:36 AM

February---I bet she's done with this one.

ddawg16 08-09-2013 09:10 AM


Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1227100)
February---I bet she's done with this one.

Well....if she is anything like us...she is just getting around to doing it....

Man...gotta check those dates..........

gma2rjc 06-22-2014 10:13 PM

That's alright about the date of the original post. I still got some good information from this thread! :thumbsup:

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