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Unread 01-13-2022, 08:50 PM   #1
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Apps for laying out tile

Trying to figure out the tile layout for a bathroom. So I can make sure I don't end up with little 1" pieces on the edges.
Any good apps that anyone uses. I have an Apple if that matters.
Of course I could use graph paper and a pencil but thought there must be something. I was trying to download one that seemed good but computer identified it was full of viruses. Not looking for 3-D, really just want to get a 2-D pattern and layout before I start laying tile.
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Unread 01-13-2022, 09:42 PM   #2
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Welcome, Jeff.

Subject has come up many, many times over the years. If you'll type software into the Advanced Search feature, you'll get a bunch of pages to search through. Some pretty old, some more current. Might find something in there.
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Unread 01-14-2022, 09:46 PM   #3
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Pencil, paper and a calculator. I feel like I can use it faster than trying to learn a new app and eventually find that it does not do what I need it to do. I feel like if a solid tile layout app existed, it would be mentioned all the time here, and that is not the case.
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I second the paper and pencil method. Oh, and a measuring tape and a chalk line.
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Unread 01-19-2022, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thanks- one other quick one.

I did use paper and pencil and graph paper...
Had a nice layout then measured the tile to find that 12 x 24 was actually more like 11 7/8" x 23 9/16" haha!
One other quick different topic: with these porcelain tiles on concrete floor I'm putting mortar down with 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" notch trowel. and tile 5/16" thick
How much height(thickness) above floor will the final thing be approximately.
Wanting to pre-cut the door trim to let the tile slid under.
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Jeff, if you want to cut it really close, you'll need to do a test board with your tile and your mortar and your trowel and your technique to see just what you'll end up with.

The tile industry standards require that the mortar under the tile be a minimum of 3/32nds of an inch thick after the tile is set.

What I have customarily done is set a tile on top of a piece of common corrugated cardboard (if there is a common, the thinner stuff) and mark my casing or/and jamb on top of that. Usually works OK, but there's a lot of ifs involved, eh?

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Thanks!

Thanks for the help!
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