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Old 03-11-2018, 12:38 PM   #1
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Uneven spacing of hex tiles on mesh

I just unpacked my special order hex tiles that I planned to install on my shower pan. The spacing of the tiles on the mesh sheets varies from acceptable (just a couple sheets) to passable (several sheets) to horrible (lots of sheets). By horrible, I mean some of the little hex tiles (approx. 1 in. each) are nearly touching, while others are 1/8"+ apart from each other.

This was a special order, and unfortunately, I let the two-week window for returns pass without inspecting things. Plus, I am finally ready to install and want to get this done. Now.

Is my only option to cut the mesh and set each little hex tile manually?
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Old 03-11-2018, 02:22 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Ann
Is my only option to cut the mesh and set each little hex tile manually?
Unfortunately, probably yes.
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Old 03-11-2018, 02:31 PM   #3
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That happens often with those kind of tile.

Now, if you're really lucky, they'll be mounted with water-soluble glue, so when you cut them on a wet saw the whole sheet will fall apart.

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Old 03-11-2018, 06:24 PM   #5
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Sometimes if the grout is complimentary to the tile it will hide the the different sized joints. It all depends on how perfect you want it. I have seen sheets from AKDO have terrible spacing and that company is pretty expensive. We install it and adjust as best as we can and grout normally hides the rest.

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Before determining if the tiles are good enough, try dry fitting the sheets together first. They might look too bad or they may not even fit together at all. Set them against a straight edge to check them.

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