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Old 07-16-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Which size spacers should I use for my 18" porcelain tile?

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Which size spacers should I use for my 18" porcelain tile?
I usually go with 1/16″ or 1/32″ grout spacing in large tiles. Is this for floor or wall? If wall your going to need to tap some nails to hold your large tile from crushing the rubber spacers.

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Dang site is adding nonsense to sizes again---Jet--what numbers did you post?
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Use what looks good with the tile----lay out your tile and eyeball the gap--then measure it---3/16 " is a good starting point---square edged tiles may look better with a narrower joint--
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@ Mike I posted 1/16″ or 1/32″ is this wrong? Or is ur computer acting up again lol
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Mikes right, it can be any gap that looks good to you. There is no magic size to go by with differant sized tile.
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& prime? Usually it's" & quote "when the number get confusing to me---
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I definitely would not try to go as tight as Jet suggests. I think the industry recommends no less than 1/8" and that is only if the tiles are rectified and nearly perfect in size in small area.

Start by checking several tiles from many boxes to check size variation. Are the tile rectified or regular? The minimum joint should be 1/8" OR 3 times the difference in size. As Mike said, 3/16" is a good starting point for most tiles.

What brand tiles are they?

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I definitely would not try to go as tight as Jet suggests. I think the industry recommends no less than 1/8" and that is only if the tiles are rectified and nearly perfect in size in small area.

Start by checking several tiles from many boxes to check size variation. Are the tile rectified or regular? The minimum joint should be 1/8" OR 3 times the difference in size. As Mike said, 3/16" is a good starting point for most tiles.

What brand tiles are they?

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Those sizes are within recommendation standards, getting a close grout line for a large tile make the tiles almost look like one hole tile if the grout is similar color to tile. Like the other guys said its preference but your right Jaz it's about as tight as you can get.
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Whose recommended standards? I've never seen any professional organization with those recommendation for grout spacing. Maybe granite tile in small area with 1/16" but 1/32", even for stone, nah....... And we're talking porcelain here not stone, don't even know if it's rectified.

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Whose recommended standards? I've never seen any professional organization with those recommendation for grout spacing. Maybe granite tile in small area with 1/16" but 1/32", even for stone, nah....... And we're talking porcelain here not stone, don't even know if it's rectified.

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Just tell me who recommends 1/32" space between 18" porcelain tiles of unknown type, (reg. or rectified), and of unknown quality. For all we know it's tile from HD or Lowes that costs 2.49 a ft. It would be risky to keep square with even 1/8" if the tiles were high quality, like $6-8.00 a ft. rectified.

Send a link to this "new" standard for us all to see.

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Just tell me who recommends 1/32" space between 18" porcelain tiles of unknown type, (reg. or rectified), and of unknown quality. For all we know it's tile from HD or Lowes that costs 2.49 a ft. It would be risky to keep square with even 1/8" if the tiles were high quality, like $6-8.00 a ft. rectified.

Send a link to this "new" standard for us all to see.

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I'll admit I'm wrong again 1/16" or 1/32" is extreme and most likely will not be pulled off by a DIYer it takes good skills to pull those lines off to get them straight I've done it that tight and took me forever.

I googled those numbers this guy seams to know what he's talking about.

http://floorelf.com/how-large-should-grout-lines-be
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