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08-05-2004, 11:04 AM
what is the correct way to use spacers?do you use one horizontaly between the corners of 4 tiles, or 4 spacers verticaly between 4 tiles.i've senn hollow spacers advertized that could be left in and grouted over.just curious,i'm a newbie.

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08-05-2004, 12:09 PM
Good morning tilearama, welcome. Got a first name we can call you around here?

I've seen those spacers that supposedly can be left in place but have never tried that method. It just doesn't sound like a good idea to me, for whatever reason.

Re. the "correct" way to use regular spacers, there may be times when each of the ways you mention might be appropriate. Placed horizontally at the intersecting corners, spacers can help line everything up. But there may be occasions when further adjustment to one or more tiles might be needed (slight variation in tile size is one reason) in which case inserting them vertically for easy removal and/or replacement with wedges might be the better way to go.

08-05-2004, 03:30 PM
I used this kind of spacer:

They were very easy to use and worked well with my 12"x12" (1/16" spacing) granite tiles. There's two sides; one meant for use at tile corners, the other meant for use on tile edges; you're choice which side to use wherever you're using them.

I preferred the idea of using them at the corners and didn't like the idea of having to pry the traditional +-sign style out from between them. It was a breeze to come through after the thinset had cured and remove them.