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Old 01-12-2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Sharp tile edges on floor

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This is a great site, been looking around for a few days now!

I'm working on a bathroom floor, and I cut some of the 12" tiles down to 4" to make a decorative border. The small pieces have sharp edges where I cut them with a tile cutter. Should I sand those edges off before installing the tiles, or will grout totally protect people with bare feet from finding the sharp edges?
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:36 AM   #2
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Typically we would use a rubbing stone.
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is this ceramic, porcelain or marble ?
did you cut them with a snap cutter, grinder or wet saw ?
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Like Davestone said, Rubbing stone will ease the edge.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:15 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies!

These are ceramic floor tiles with a thin glaze, I used a snap cutter.

I'll have to see if I can find a rubbing stone, but I'm wondering if something else might do in a pinch
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A friend lent me his benchtop 4" belt sander, and it seems to be doing a good job of taking the edge of the tiles. The tiles happen to be 4" inches square, so it works great.

Tomorrow I will hot glue them to 6" wide strips of fiberglass mesh on a diagonal. We will lay them along the perimeter of the bathroom.
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concrete driveway.
Brick laying on the side of the house.
These may chip tile easier though.

That stone you use to sharpen your knife with.
That will ruin the stone though? Maybe?
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Hot glue?

Why not just install them straight into thinset?
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:47 PM   #9
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Okay, so I guess anything can take that edge off... That's good to know. So far the belt sander is working real quick! I have a fair amount to do.

For the other bathroom I hot glued a pattern of small tiles (about 400 2"x2" tiles) onto mesh first, you can place them easily and accurately. Then when we put the thinset on the floor or wall I just slide the whole design into place. Very fast. No cutting or fiddling needed, it's just done!

This pattern is mostly 4"x4", so I'm not sure if I'll do the same thing. Might not be worth it...
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80 grit metal grade sand paper in your hand will do the job quickly.
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Okay thanks for the suggestion, I've got some metal sandpaper, assorted grits. I've glued the border to mesh, gave me a chance to see a few trouble spots ahead of time. So tomorrow I'll add in little bits and might try to sand them by hand.
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