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Old 06-30-2015, 01:13 PM   #1
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Subway Tile - spacers


I'm doing a bathroom - walls -
3" X 6" "Subway-Tile".
Spacers for grout?!?
How thick???!

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It is probably a personal preference. I prefer traditional, flat subway tile with grout lines 1/16" at most. To me, that is how subway tile is "supposed" to look.
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If yours are the basic ceramic tiles they already have spacing lugs built in. Is there a space when you bump them together?

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If yours are the basic ceramic tiles they already have spacing lugs built in. Is there a space when you bump them together?

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Thanks for the response "Jaz"! -
No "lugs" - none - no space! ?

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HUH? So no lugs, how about beveled construction? So you're saying there's no gap when the tiles are butted. Ok then.

It would be helpful if I knew the type of tiles. I say that cuz some tiles are not made with perfectly square corners or are in other ways made to look rustic. Do you know if they're a soft bisque ceramic or red/brown clay or if they're porcelain?

Generally I'd say to keep the gap under ⅛" and if they're very uniform I too would go with 1/16" and unsanded grout.

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Thanks "Jaz"!

I'll probably go with something close to a 1/16th" gap -
spacers.

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Jaz has you on the right track--Also,be sure you have a bag of wedges handy (I like the ones from the Home Depot--) They are helpful to get the first course started and for adjustments when your spacer is not quite right.
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A word about spacers--Go to 'Floor and Decor" on 59--they have flat horse shoe shaped spacers---much easier to use than the crosses--especially for subway tile--because they are typically set in a soldier course or running bond--meaning the crosses are useless.
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Some subway tiles have the spacing built in and some don't.
Here is a good picture for you to reference, this is from my bathroom that I just finished. This is with 1/8" spacers.
The grout lines are a little wider than I thought they would look but fortunately it doesn't really bother me. If I could go back in time I would probably do 1/16th instead.
The grout lines always look skinnier before the grout is actually applied, especially if a contrasting grout color is chosen.
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Speaking from the other side of the spectrum, I have started to veer away from 1/16 grout lines but this is from the perspective of apartment rentals. 1/8 is FAR easier to clean the grout out, and re-grout than 1/16. The oscillating multitools I use would not have as nice a time with 1/16 lines and there is a LOT less room for fudging the tile placement and it can be much more noticeable if the tile is off, compared to a 1/8" line. That said- there are various styles and looks of subway style patterns and it all depends on what style you are looking for/prefer.

Additionally, I feel 1/8 is easier to clean, and dirt would hide easier in the 1/16, especially if when you apply the grout, too much pressure is added and creates deep recessions in-between the tiles.
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I like the 1/16" grout joints for subway tiles. I use round toothpicks for spacers. Break them in half. Twice as many.
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