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Discussion in 'Property Development' started by Jack Peterson, May 16, 2017.

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    One other thing I learned. If you are going to place the tiles close together with a very small grouted line.
    Not all tiles are flat. I should have used a straight edge to grade the tiles as either FLAT, SMILEY FACE or FROWNY FACE. I ended up with some crappy joints
     
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    WOW! :jawdrop: Sounds like BAD tiles! We bought our Tiles from CitiHardware, 20cm x 20cm & 20cm x 40cm Tiles and all were very good quality! My only complaint was when I went in and told the guy the measurement of the Bench tops and he pulled out his calculator and worked out how many 20x20 Tiles we would need to do the job, when he pulled out the Pallet with MANY boxes of Tiles; I was "Oi"?? :jawdrop: I asked if he was SURE I need THAT MANY Tiles and he was; "Yes Sir, I calculated the area on my Calculator, this is the correct number you will need Sir"... :smile: We ended up tiling the Bench tops, the Kitchen floor the walkway and the TV room with what was left over, at least the Floors now match the Bench tops and we have some spare in case any ever crack... :rolleyes:

    When Papa laid the tiles he also drove in nails at each end of the house and ran a string line, then laid the first row of tiles, then did the same with each row following the string line...

    This is the area covered with the excess Tiles from a *slight* miscalculation; (attached pic) :biggrin:
     

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    Always best to let the Tiler measure, he knows where he can use the "Cuts"
     
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    Are you sure, the tiler who did my lounge got it wrong. I set up the tiles myself chalking mark's on the floor. He ignored my settings and ended up with tiles short at other side of room. Done tiling myself in UK.:rolleyes:
     
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    There is always one Jim :meh:
     
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    I've always worked out the number of tiles assuming no use of the 'offcuts'. That way I usually end up with a few extra tiles at the end of the job. Much better than ending up a couple of tiles short - Sod's law says that those tiles will be 'out of stock, sir' when you go back to the shop.
     
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    Even if they are in stock, they may be from a different run and a shade different color. Another reason it is best to plan for a few extra.
     
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    Resurrecting this thread. Maybe some of the original posters can share what has happened since.

    Can anyone recommend a good person to lay tile? I think someone recommended a tile store to find a tradesman, but I can't find the name of the tile store. Maybe by the airport. Any idea what a fair price is per sq m to replace tiles. We have a quote for 25k, but that seems high to me. These tiles are butted up to each other so the guy wants to put a grout line through the floor even though the rest of the tile is butted up to each other. Thanks!
     
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    @cabb You said you will butt the titles against each other.
    Just a word of advise. The tiles are probably not perfectly flat. I laid a bunch of 800 x 800 mm tiles and ended up with ridges where a convex tile met a concave tile. Next time I will use a straight edge and grade the tiles as either smiley face or frowny face. With some planning you can avoid ridges or at least keep them out of the center of the room.
     
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    I now have pictures, to look at. There is a grout line. The issues in the pictures did not exist last time I was there. The tiles seem to be warping after installation, they were flat initially, or the supporting mortar/adhesive is breaking down. Could this be cause by soaking the tiles in water? What appears to be happening is the adhesive below them is breaking down or expansion is happening. Here are some images of the issue.

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