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# How do I start to lay 16 x 16 ceramic tile and find center

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12-29-15, 04:57 PM
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How do I start to lay 16 x 16 ceramic tile and find center

I am tiling a small condo, 800 sq. ft. The hallway is 41.5 inches in width. Do I start at the doorway or the center of the living room where the hallway meets. First timer.

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12-29-15, 05:17 PM
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You can do a rough calculation so that the edge of tile should be at least one half or bigger on either side of the wall or any entrance or threshold. You will want to factor in the width of you grout line also.

I always laid out one row and column of tiles dry as a test run. Then make adjustments so that the edges will be proper. I also usually started in the middle of the room and worked to one corner then back to the middle to adjacent corner. Others start from one edge and work out. The only problem with that approach is if the walls are not square and wall edge is used as a straight edge, the whole room will look slanted or crooked when the opposite or adjacent wall is reached.

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12-29-15, 05:32 PM
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I've seen/heard people argue over how to start a tile job.
In the dispute, both sides agreed to snap a center line in both directions. One side said to center one tile exactly where the two lines meet. The other side said that's almost impossible & said to put four tiles so that the corner of each tile meets where the lines cross.

A third person who was not part of that debate said to lay two rows of tile against one wall & two rows of tile against one of the walls that's on a 90 degree angle, with the first wall. In other words, two rows of tile on two walls that make an L. Their claim was that it reduces the amount of cuts, at the end.

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12-29-15, 05:49 PM
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A third person who was not part of that debate said to lay two rows of tile against one wall & two rows of tile against one of the walls that's on a 90 degree angle, with the first wall. In other words, two rows of tile on two walls that make an L. Their claim was that it reduces the amount of cuts, at the end.
That is pretty much how I look at it. But it gives you a chance to adjust a row or column if tile falls short at one edge.

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12-31-15, 09:10 AM
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