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Old 03-27-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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I just finished laying my beautiful tile. First time tiling and I learned a lot. Not sure I can ever have Jazz Man over for tea, but I think it looks pretty good.

I used 1/8 spacers and my tile fit in exactly 5 courses (12x24). There are a few lines where it was tight and I may have cheated on space. Tile store guy said I want sanded grout for I/8. I'm wondering if I should go with unsanded since some may ba a little less than 1/8..

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Apologies for spelling errors (especially to JazMan) my phone doesn't let me see past the first two or three lines of typing when I start a thread. It's fine when I reply though. I could write you guys a novel in this space.

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Sanded is for 1/8" or bigger, so I'd go with the unsanded.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:31 PM   #4
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Hi MissKat,

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I just finished laying my beautiful tile. First time tiling and I learned a lot. Not sure I can ever have Jazz Man over for tea, but I think it looks pretty good.
Darn..........and I was gonna bring crumpets to go with our tea.

You can use either even if some joints are a little less than 1/8". Some brands, (Laticrete for one), says even 1/16" for their sanded.

I personally like the looks and characteristics of sanded better.

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I don't even understand Cricket and I love crumpets.

Thanks for the advice, I think I'll go with sanded. Tile shop AND Jaz is recommendation enough for me.

How imperative is it for me to grout right away? I could stay up all night doing it tonight, or is Monday (4 days) OK? Trying to get the family ready for Easter. Guess I didn't plan my timing all that well.
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I've worked with both sanded and unsanded. I just laid 12x24 with 1/16th and did unsanded.
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You can wait until you're ready, there is no maximum time you can wait, just minimum.

1/16" joints require unsanded for best results. The industry standard for grout joints is min. 1/8" joint if the tiles are rectified and therefore very accurate. But one can choose to go less with little problems as long as the floor is very flat too.

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Well, therein lies the problem (and why you can't come over for tea). I did my best and am pretty proud of my first ever tile job, but there are three or four spots where it's not perfectly flat. Does that make a difference in the sanded or unsanded debate?
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.................but there are three or four spots where it's not perfectly flat. Does that make a difference in the sanded or unsanded debate?
And that Miss Kat, is another reason I need to share the tea!

I'd have to see how much lippage there is. If it's really bad you'll want to remove the tile and correct it. Slight lippage is common, and yes it may require some extra attention to it with grout. Touch up with grout on index finger is a good method to build-up the grout if slight.

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Can you mix a grout shield with unsanded grout?
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This is the worst of the lippage. Don't mind the hockey closet in the background.
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While it is fine to wait to grout your new tile--you will regret not cleaning out the thinset squeeze up when it was still soft.

When soft (12 hours after setting) a utility knife can be used.
When hard (now) you may need a grout saw or better yet, a Multi-tool--these are a huge time saver.

I have an inexpensive one from Harbor Freight---there is a diamond blade available, which works great----but most times I use a worn out wood blade with good results.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:48 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm a little worried I didn't do it right because I really enjoyed the whole process. There was something very zen to it all (I find the same with painting). Looks great!! On to the next project.

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