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Old 10-01-2005, 07:11 PM   #1
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Unhappy installing octagon and dot floor tile

I hope this isn't a stupid question. We're installing octagon and dot tile on our bathroom floor and shower floor, and I'm wondering how people handle the 'dots' when laying the sheets of tile up against a wall or side of the shower. Do you attempt to cut them in half to get the straight edge, or do you just not deal with them at all and cut the octagon in half to get the straight edge? I ask because cutting the small square dots in half has been a nightmare so far - they don't cut easily and they look really bad. Any advice would be sincerely appreciated!

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Old 10-01-2005, 07:38 PM   #2
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Hi lmn, Welcome!

Could you give us a first name please?

We will usually layout a floor and try to avoid cutting the dots if possible.
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Old 10-01-2005, 07:48 PM   #3
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Sometimes I'll cut the octagons in half, other times I'll make the dot be full and cut the octagon in line with it.
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:39 PM   #4
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Davy, where did you get that lower tile?
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Old 10-02-2005, 09:05 PM   #5
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Old 10-02-2005, 09:34 PM   #6
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Hi Davy

That is one sweet looking shower.

Almost a shame to use it.

How long did it take to put something like that together, beginning to end?
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Old 10-02-2005, 09:55 PM   #7
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Hi Imn,
The magic is in the layout. Preparation can help you to avoid mountains of unneccessry work and headache. The easiest and cleanest looking cuts will run through the octagon tiles and avoid the angled portions. If you are using a white octagon-and-dot mosaic, you can often clean up awkward cuts by using "sanitary cove base" along the floor in place of baseboards. The Sanitary cove base has a bullnosed and glazed edge at the tip of the "shoe" that laps over the floor tile by almost 1/2".
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PS: Hey Davy, That's a damn fine corner roll on the scroll liner. Do you handle any portion of the design work or do you devote yourself to being the maestro and leave the pencil work to others? Whoever thunk it up, it came together nicely thanks to you.
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Old 10-03-2005, 08:30 PM   #8
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Don't want to derail this thread and I hate to admit that it took 11 days to mud and tile this shower. It's not that big either and has no seat. It took alot of time installing the Octagon/dots and the 9x9 around the top that had to be cut from 18x18 and slightly beveled with a sander. The 5/8 x 5/8 dots in the 9x9 are red and black so each one had to be installed separately. The design around the middle has a single row of 5x8 tiles above and below it, plus the black marble liner. There was nothing fast about it.
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Oh, Shaughnn. The scroll was already put together, had clear plastic on the face to hold it together. It's a Walker Zanger product also.
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Hi Davy

I don't think that's slow. You should hang around me sometime!
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Davy,
I recognized the liner. I was wondering if you did the designing for the room or if another firm did it for the client?
It's really great looking work and 11 days doesn't sound too out-of-line.
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Davy, I can't find that octagoal dot mosaic on the wz site. Can you give me more info on it?
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