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Old 04-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #16
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Unsanded will work also---1/8" should be fine--1/16" might work but I would worry--
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any need for a product like "RedGard"? I was talking to a guy who claims to have his own tiling business and he said he recommends priming the concrete with this redgard stuff before laying the tile.
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any need for a product like "RedGard"? I was talking to a guy who claims to have his own tiling business and he said he recommends priming the concrete with this redgard stuff before laying the tile.
Yes you can use redgard and modified thinset over it to lay tile.
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For the job you have--tiling directly over the concrete is what I would suggest---I never used a waterproofing material on a patio install---
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The general rule is for the grout space to be min. 1/8" IF the tiles are high quality and rectified. Otherwise the grout should be 3x the difference in size of the tiles. (Tiles are not always the same, you know?)

Those are probably good quality tiles, looks like to me. I agree with Mike that 1/16" is very tempting esp. with such a small room. Either way, be sure to leave an expansion joint around the perimeter, then caulk or cover with base moulding and shoe molding.

Since the room is only screened, is the floor pitched at all? How will rainwater leave to room? Does the room received direct sunlight?

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The general rule is for the grout space to be min. 1/8" IF the tiles are high quality and rectified. Otherwise the grout should be 3x the difference in size of the tiles. (Tiles are not always the same, you know?)

Those are probably good quality tiles, looks like to me. I agree with Mike that 1/16" is very tempting esp. with such a small room. Either way, be sure to leave an expansion joint around the perimeter, then caulk or cover with base moulding and shoe molding.

Since the room is only screened, is the floor pitched at all? How will rainwater leave to room? Does the room received direct sunlight?

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Hi Jaz, I've compared 30-40 tiles from 13 different boxes and they all seem to be very close to the same size. I would really like to get the smallest grout lines possible to keep the "look" similar to that of hardwood floors. The floor will have vinyl colonial baseboards with vinyl shoe molding once the tile is down.

The slab has a slope of 1/8"/ft away from the house. The room will get some sunlight in the evening and it will have (2) 2x4' skylights.
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Where does everyone buy their tile/marble thresholds? I've looked at lowes and HD as well as the local "the tile shop" and haven't found anything that is even remotely close to matching.
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Where does everyone buy their tile/marble thresholds? I've looked at lowes and HD as well as the local "the tile shop" and haven't found anything that is even remotely close to matching.
Most of the time its only a neutral marble color like grey or white or sometimes a brown that stores carry unless you special order one.
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Thanks for all your advice guys. We got the tile laid yesterday and then had a thunderstorm pop up out of nowhere. Luckily I was able to tarp it and avoid it getting too wet.

I'll let it dry until Monday and then start the grouting....I'm kinda sore today.

One thing that bothers me is that people rarely post pics of the final product that they were able to complete thanks to other's advice on this forum. I'll be sure to post one when it is complete.
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Knife out any squeeze out as soon as the tile is set enough to get on safely===
The longer you wait the harder the thinset becomes----

I've found that a multi-tool with a worn out blade helps if the thinset has become to hard to knife out---
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Knife out any squeeze out as soon as the tile is set enough to get on safely===
The longer you wait the harder the thinset becomes----

I've found that a multi-tool with a worn out blade helps if the thinset has become to hard to knife out---
Good call! I took the tarp off and noticed I had quite a few spots that the thinset squished up into the space between the tiles. The multi tool idea worked great.

I went around and knocked on each tile and none had hollow sounds. I'm hoping that this, as my first tile job, holds up!
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No hollow sounds --that's good----you will be glad to got the squeeze up out when you did----
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No hollow sounds --that's good----you will be glad to got the squeeze up out when you did----
unfortunately I managed to chip a tile while clearing the squeeze up out. It's not too bad so I will let the boss (wife) make the call on if I need to replace it or not.
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That happens---Have you read my instructions for grouting?
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That happens---Have you read my instructions for grouting?
are they in this thread? If not, I probably haven't stumbled upon them yet.
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