Floorman, More questions on laying ceramic tile


Old 12-28-03, 03:54 PM
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Floorman, More questions on laying ceramic tile

More questions:
What size trowel do we need? Our tiles are 14 by 14 and when you start in the center do you go from there out toward the walls in one direction or go in a circle ? ( or does it matter what pattern you go) and also how long does it take to set up before you can walk on it and how long before you put on the grout?
Well, I know we'll have more questions when we actually begin but for now thanks!!
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Old 12-28-03, 04:18 PM
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1/4x1/4x3/8 trowel notch.

I like to install the room in quarters. Do not spread more thinset than you can cover in ten minutes (if you're new to tile make that five).

Walking time and grouting time will be in the thinset manufacturers instructions on the bag.
Old 12-28-03, 04:34 PM
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Thanks Daniel!
Yes, we are new at this and need all the instructions we can get!
Thanks for your quick response!
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Old 01-01-04, 11:42 AM
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after you get the lines on the floor square then you can move them up closer to the wall so you can get 1 full tile in and the cut along the wall,the way you do this is take three tile and set them on the floor like you were putting them in to stay ie;proper spacing and in a sraight line,then take you're tape measure and hold it at 1" at the end of the last tile and measure the distance between that tile and the bottom edge of the last tile,it will be the span of 2 grout joints. What you are trying to do is to get the grid size,so when you move the line you are going to have the line in the right spot to use as you're "bible" line.This is the line you do not want to stray from and you can use as a reference point throughout the install.

The point of moving the line is so you are not over-reaching and falling into the thin set or tile you just put in.Then as you work down the line you establishing a point in which to work from as you come back down the line when you reach the wall and have to turn and work you're way back.Making sense? Hope so if not get back to us and we'll try to staighten this out
Old 01-03-04, 09:37 AM
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Thanks Floorman!
It makes sense and we started last nite and it seems to be going good so far! Thanks for all your help and others who chimed in! This is a great website and is so helpful in any project that I have been tackling!!
Keep up the good work moderators!!
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