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Old 01-31-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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im placing tile on my shower walls.
i have 50 inches vertically to cover.
im using 12 inch tiles with 3/16 inch spacers
this will leave me with 1 1/2 inches left that a tile will need to be cut.

my main question is:
should the cut tile be placed at the top, at the bottom or does it matter?


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ive seen on youtube, a video that placed an edge (a board screwed to the cement board) half way up and using it as a guide to place the tiles on to keep them from sliding down and waiting for them to set before doing the bottom half and using painters tape and tape the bottom half of tiles to the upper half of tiles to keep them in place.
does this sound like a good idea to do, or does anyone have a better/easier way to keep tiles in place from sliding down or falling off the wall?
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Put some complimentary looking tile or stone in the middle or whatever instead of cutting something to 1 1/2". Or put a listello on top.
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Echo,
also, check the size of your tile. Most 12" are undersized to allow for the grout joint. Should be 11 3/4" or 11 7/8". The board on the wall is usually placed where the second row of tile from the bottom starts. You want the space left for the bottom row of tile to be slightly less than a full tile to allow for the tub being a little out of level. Check your tub first to see if it is out and by how much. If you use the board method, you should be able to run your tile all the way up the first day. Let it sit overnight, carefully remove the board and cut and fit your bottom row. Let is sit overnight and then grout. Leave an 1/8" between the tub and tile for caulking. Also caulk your corners, not grout.
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my main question is:
should the cut tile be placed at the top, at the bottom or does it matter?
Whatever looks best. I like cleveman's idea of a narrow accent tile in there somewhere. My second choice would be to split the difference, cutting a 7 inch piece for the bottom row and a 6+ inch piece at the top. It means more cutting, but I think it would look better than that thin strip. It's your shower and your choice though. Whatever looks good to you.


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also
ive seen on youtube, a video that placed an edge (a board screwed to the cement board) half way up and using it as a guide to place the tiles on to keep them from sliding down and waiting for them to set before doing the bottom half and using painters tape and tape the bottom half of tiles to the upper half of tiles to keep them in place.
does this sound like a good idea to do, or does anyone have a better/easier way to keep tiles in place from sliding down or falling off the wall?
That is basically how I did mine. Just like mike said, I placed the board so the second from the bottom row of tiles would rest on it, and worked my way up from there. I gave it overnight to set, then came back the next day to remove the board and finish the bottom row. Any type of wood will do as long as it is straight.
If you used a roll on waterproofing don't forget to touch up the nail/screw holes.

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