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Old 12-30-2017, 11:57 PM   #16
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I have some 12 x 24" tiles. I was planning on staggering them at 50% but I've read that that 30% aka a 70/30 split is a better idea. I seem to have found 2 ways to accomplish that pattern. One is where every other course's grout lines line up (see pic below although it is at a 50% offset) and the other is where every 3rd course's grout lines line up (second pic).

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1) Are these both the same pattern?

2) I prefer the one where the 2nd course lines up. Is it just a matter of preference?

3) Is there a trick to laying these out or, assuming I go with every other course's grout lines lining up, is at as simple as create a course by starting from the wall with a full piece and then on the next course, start with a piece that is a 3rd the size of a full piece, rinse and repeat?
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Old 12-31-2017, 12:53 AM   #17
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They are 2 different patterns. Personally I dislike the barber shop pole look.

But that is really important is which Mrs Karl prefers.
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Old 12-31-2017, 01:10 AM   #18
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I did my 12 x 24 with a 50% pattern. If you lay them out dry and have a lot of lippage it might not work. My tiles were pretty flat and i used a leveling system. The 50% pattern worked great with that.

It all depends how much bow your tiles have.
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:45 AM   #19
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Which one is the barber shop pattern and which one is the actual 70/30 split? Any chance for feedback on my question about how to install (question 3)? I'm hoping to tile today and have time to still party for new year's!
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The 2nd pic is the barber shop pole look.

Check the tiles for flatness by taking two and place one atop the other - face to face. See how much the top one rocks on the bottom. If they don't rock, they're pretty flat. If they are flat do the same test with other random sample tiles.

As to the layout it's really what pleases your, and Mrs. Karls' eye, but avoiding slivers if possible. Laying a bunch out dry will give you a strong visual.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:20 AM   #21
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Hey guys, I squared the room and left an expansion joint along the bathtub that didn't work out to be an even width, likely because the tub isn't straight. At the beginning it's about an 1/8" and towards the end of the bathtub it expands a little over double that. I think caulking it will be fine but wanted to know if anyone recommends a trim piece or something to conceal the gap altogether? Maybe something like this?
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try a color matched caulk first. If you decide it doesn't look good you can add trim.

I have a piece of synthetic baseboard I got because i thought my tub was a little wavy and I thought my cut tiles along the tub were a little off. Ended up looking fine once caulked.
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Sounds like a plan. Thanks Nick
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I'm going to go ahead and add a piece of quarter round over the seam between the tile floor and bathtub. What should I use to adhere it to the bathtub? Just some caulk?
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My install is finished! It came out great (in my humble opinion):
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But of course there are some issues and I'm hoping to get some feedback from you guys...

The grout is cracking in a few spots already. Is it too early for expansion to be causing cracking? It's only been 2 weeks. Did I maybe add too much water? Incidentally, the cracking is occurring near a few spots where the grout came out blotchy and darker than the rest of the floor. Here are some pics:

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Did you follow the advice on this grouting tutorial ?
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Pretty much. The only thing I did wrong I think is that I left way too much extra grout on the tile and let it sit for a while. Once I felt that the grout would not be pulled out when wiping, I wiped the grout off the tile but I needed to be forceful and probably dampened my sponge too much. Could that cause cracking?
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Floor register too close to toilet?

I had my HVAC guy move the register from the wall to the floor. I went to cover the hole with the vanity which will have some duct contraption to run the heat out the toe of the vanity and now see that it is going to make the toilet too close to the vanity. Do you guys think it's too close or is it ok? The pics below show the hole to the right of the vanity and I will of course move the vanity over a bit to cover it. Any suggestions? Also is it not a good idea to have the switches so close to the sink?

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Looks a bit snug to me. What's the measurement from the centerline of the toilet to the side of the vanity? Typically code calls for 15".....
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13.5" ... 15" to the wall.
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