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Old 09-11-2017, 02:38 AM   #16
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Your grout joint should be no smaller than three times the variation in tile size. So if the difference in size between the largest and smallest tiles is 1/16", the grout joint should be 3/16". Incidentally, 3/16" is usually a place to start. You may be able to use something less, but typically slight variations among tile sizes prohibits that.

Look at Laticrete Spectralock, which has matching silicone for soft joints. I also like Bostik 1900 epoxy, which is a little tougher to work with, but very durable.

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Old 09-11-2017, 05:01 PM   #17
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Setting rectified tile is much harder than a tile with a pillowed edge. I would use an anti lippage,leveling system. I like Ramondi and it is very reasonable in cost .You want to get your floor very flat before you install the Nobel seal.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:46 PM   #18
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Thanks, Mark. I was wondering whether I should use a leveling system of some sort.

These are also some pretty hard tiles (>500 lb break strength). I think that all of my cuts (entire perimeter, 55% of tiles) will be straight. Can I expect to be able to scribe/break these reliably, or should I just saw them?

Regarding layout and order of laying: It is just a square layout, 4 rows of 32, with the outer two rows cut by wall and at cantilever end. Should I just lay the two inner rows one at a time, or both, then come back and do all the cut tile? Not sure I could still get the leveling clips under by the time I get back (the next day at least), if I do that.
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:07 AM   #19
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The deck tile installation is almost done -- half way through grouting with Spectralock.

For the 1/4" expansion joint between the tile and the house (wood siding, skim coated with thinset at the area of interest), what would be the best caulking?

It might be nice for it to be paintable, such as OSI Quad Max, or I could use the Latasil which color matches the grout, as I am using in the tile expansion joints. Durability is my main concern. I wouldn't mind painting it every few years, but do not want to ever be digging out caulk to re-caulk. I'd rather not have the shine of the Latisil. It doesn't get much sun or water.
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