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Old 03-07-2018, 08:09 AM   #1
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Small bathroom tile questions

I tiling a small bathroom for my son and daughter-in-law. It is approximately 4' x 8' and I am going to use Ditra as the underlayment. They want to use 12" x 24" tile and I have never used tile this large. They want to use the same tile on the shower walls. I have also purchased Kerdi for the shower walls.

I am concerned with lippage so I've been doing some research on this forum. I saw reference to tile leveling systems. One is the Perfect Level Master T-Lock system. Is buying and using a system like to worth the expense?

The largest tile I've worked with has been 18" x 18" on a small bathroom floor and it came out pretty good just eyeball and long piece of 2x4 to lay across multiple tile to check lippage. But with these 12 x 24 I have some concerns.

Thanks for any advice

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Old 03-07-2018, 08:17 AM   #2
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I just found another reference to a leveling system Spin Doctor. That one seems to be less expensive and actually easier to use.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:13 AM   #3
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Hi Don,

I haven't used either one you've mentioned, but basically, they'll all work.
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I'm watching this one Don, as I'll be using tiles about the same size.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:42 PM   #5
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It looks like the leveling systems LASH, TLS and Raimondi are all very similar and use a wedge to lock and level the tile edges.

The Spin Doctor is much different, but it looks like they all will align the tile edges.

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Old 03-07-2018, 04:28 PM   #6
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If you have done 18x18" you can do 12x24".
The LASH is not bad for a inexpensive leveling system.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:19 PM   #7
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I had never used a leveling system before, but after reading many reviews of leveling systems here and elsewhere settled on Raimondi RLS. Don't know about relative cost, but the RLS system was easy to use and worked well for me on 12 x 24 tile.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:50 PM   #8
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Tile sizing question

As I stated earlier in this thread, I'm going to use 12 x 24 tile and what to do a 1/3 overlap (if that's the right term).

The porcelain tile I'm using are actually 11 3/4 x 23 3/4 in size.

So what size do I cut the row starter tile for the 1/3 overlap if I'm using 1/8" grout lines?

Hopefully this isn't a dumb question!!

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Old 03-07-2018, 06:00 PM   #9
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I'm a DIY'er and did some 12x24's last spring. I also had some worries installing large format tiles cause it was my first time.

I ended up using the Tuscan Seam Clip system.....ordered from Amazon. About $55 for 150 pieces or something like that. Still have 1/2 box left.
http://tuscanleveling.com/Products/S.../seamclip.html

They worked perfect, don't need any tool, and would use again! Floor came out perfect! Not sure how it compares in price to other systems, but worth every penny for me!

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Actually, if you're using a "Jack on Jack" pattern...(stacked) you should have little if any issues with lippage....and probably didn't even need leveling clips.
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Don't over think this or you will drive yourself crazy.

243=8
Make the cuts at 8"and 16"
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Thanks,

Yes, I guess I was overthinking it! Ive done 50% overlap on tile which is pretty obvious to cut a tile in half. But with the 1/3 overlap and the tile not being exactly 24 inches, I just needed some reassurance.
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I am using the lash system right now on 16x8 wall tiles... even though they are good they can't fix imperfections with the walls. Use a trowel with minimum depths of 3/8x1/4 teeth... keep your trowel marks straight up and down so when you install tile no air gets trapped in them and prevent them from being level... as dumb as it sounds.
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