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07-20-2003, 07:08 AM

I am installing 12 x 12 marble tiles in my foyer and in a bathroom. I have been told to leave a 1/16th inch grout joint by one installer and told to install the tiles tight togather by others. Which is the best way?

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07-20-2003, 07:49 AM
1/16th and use a non-sanded grout.

Maurizio Bertoli
07-20-2003, 10:09 AM
Absolutely! Karen got here first! :)
Contractors who suggest to butt-joint should be installing marble tiles in jail!!! :D
Ciao and good luck,

07-20-2003, 10:15 AM
Geeez, Maurizio, Eye-talian jails got marble floors? I'm impressed. :shades:

How you come to know that :D

07-20-2003, 10:43 AM

John Bridge
07-20-2003, 10:53 AM
Hi Marbeler, Welcome aboard. ;)

Maurizio Bertoli
07-21-2003, 01:39 PM
Oh, yeah, they've got marble floors all over, and all ground-in-place, of course! And you ought to see the bathrooms: all Onyx, and Alabaster! Those that are in for life (there's no death penalty in Italy) even have lapislazuli slabs all around the "Jacuzzi"!
How do I know?
Well, I did some time in there for having crippled a guy who was asking me these kind of questions!!! :D :D :D

07-21-2003, 03:47 PM
Hey, Maurizio, you know a guy named Vinnie when you was inna big house? Old friend of flatfloor's. :D

OK, OK, I don't axe you no more personal questions. :calm:

07-22-2003, 10:38 AM
I am trying to build a marble columns for the corner of my shower. 8' tall about 6-8" sq

I want to cover the column with marble.

It will not be load bearing.

how can I construct the column?

07-22-2003, 11:51 AM
Square? Build a plywood box. Use 2x2 cleats in the corners to screw the 1/2" plywood into, then add CBU to the outside, then thinset the marble in place. You could miter the edges of the marble tiles to reduce the visual impact to the joints.

You can do the same thing for hexagonal or octagonal columns, but you'll have your hands full with all the joints.

Round? I dunno.


07-22-2003, 02:11 PM
What is "CBU"?:rolleyes:

07-22-2003, 02:26 PM
Nevermind, I figured it out.:D