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Unread 08-14-2018, 08:06 AM   #1
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First time installing 18x36 tile

I would like to gather some opinions on installing this size tile. I've done lots of 24x24's in the past but never this size. Normally, we only use RLS (Raimondi Leveling System) on large body wall tile and when it comes to floors, we flatten it out as much as possible and install it the old school way (i.e. picking them up, adding more mud/taking mud out).

However, with this size tile, it seems like it might be more beneficial to use the RLS to make the micro-adjustments for me. This is for a Taco Bell restaurant where they will be doing alot of core drilling for the tables and chairs.

The installation pattern is a 1/3 offset.

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Unread 08-14-2018, 05:31 PM   #2
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I would spend the time to prep and get the floor in plane within a 1/8" for the entire area. Its not going to roll or bend and as big as it is you will be picking them up to get there anyway. I comb the floor 1 direction and the piece in the opposite direction on walls and floors with the extra lg format material.

If they are drilling obviously you want great coverage, ive only used the clips a few occasions with some badly bowed plank.
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Unread 08-14-2018, 06:31 PM   #3
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Attachment 203759Not sure if this is what you were looking for as far as advice but, I would recommend some good suction cups, it makes setting the tile straight down and pulling it back and forth to collapse the ridges a whole lot easier. And picking them back up to check coverage periodically. Flat trowel under one side to lift and pull up. I probably got them on Amazon. They have a little red line on the pumperthat let you know when you are losing suction .They don't work on every tile but the ones they do work on man-o-man
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Unread 08-14-2018, 07:01 PM   #4
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You didn't really ask about the pattern. Some guys run the offset kinda weird. They offset the second row 1/3 from the first row then set the third row back inline with the first row. To me, a true 1/3 offset should have the second row offset 1/3 from the first row, then the third row offset 2/3 from the first row and then the fourth row back inline with the first row. I was in a bank the other day and noticed the pattern like I first explained. Maybe the designer wanted it that way but I was shaking my head.
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Davy,

We just finished a shower with 1/3 offset. I drew both patterns and let the customer decide. They both come out looking like barber pole stripes.
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Give me a true 1/3 offset vs any other broken pattern any day! Love the barber pole look even more than 50% offset
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Shawn,what’s with the Bloody Mary blade/knife,on the floor?
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Shawn,what’s with the Bloody Mary blade/knife,on the floor?
Hahaha nice catch. I needed a knife and my carpet belt/pouches are closest to the doors of the trailer.
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Any other opinions on whether to use clips or not use clips?
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I would. like you said micro adjustments. But you still need to get your floor pool table flat. I would rather spend time on prep, then getting my ass kicked when setting the tile. I have found that "Close enough" normally isn't.
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I have found that "Close enough" normally isn't.
Try prepping slabs for MRI rooms. Dead Level.
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