Width of grout


Old 12-22-06, 10:21 AM
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Width of grout

I am tiling the walls in the shower. I have seen a number of different locations that have very small grout lines, would they have no spacers? Do they just do it by eye?

2. What is the recommended product to get the tiles to stick to the wall? Is it a glue or thinset? V Notched trowl right?
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Old 12-22-06, 06:23 PM
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Grout joint size will depend on the tile you use. If you're using the four by four shower tiles, they have a built in spacer that does the job for you unless you want larger joints, which most do not. If you're using anything else, it's a matter of taste. Some like the very small ones while others like a quarter inch joint because it tends to hide flaws some or they just like the look better. The spacing is normally done with tile spacers which come in various sizes. If you try to do a wall with out some thing to maintain the joints until the adhesive sets up, the tiles will slide down the wall and stack up on one another.
Use thinset to set the tiles and do not use premixed thinset. Get the dry powder and mix it. Don't put tile on sheet rock of any kind in a shower. With the questions you've asked so far, it seemed like a good idea to mention that.
Old 12-23-06, 03:45 PM
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One thing to keep in mind is that the finished grout line will be wider in appearance than you think it wil be. As Smokey49 posted, a 4" wall tile has small "bumps" on the side that act as spacers. Before grouting the tile spacing will seem to be very close, but because the tile edges are slightly rounded the finished grout line will be 1/8" or so which most people find suitable for 4" tile.
Also remember that a small grout line will require unsanded grout. If you have a grout joint larger than 1/8" be sure to use the sanded grout.
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Something else to consider. Some tiles are very consistant in size, others are not. Check the tiles you will be using to see if there are size variations. The more size variation, the larger your grout joints will need to be to compensate for the size difference.

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