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Unread 01-05-2021, 03:04 PM   #16
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Harold,

Its best to make a story pole from actual tiles and actual spacers. What you will discover is there is some 'creep' that happens. Use those measurements.

Yes, you can easily hide the difference by slightly adding to the joints.
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Unread 01-05-2021, 06:43 PM   #17
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I agree, you shouldn't have any problem gaining 1/8 inch in the layout.
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Unread 01-05-2021, 10:53 PM   #18
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You could do that, or you could add 1/64th" to each grout joint. Or, if your baseboard will cover the gap you could just increase the 1/4" gap at each wall and stick with your 1/8th" joints. Or some combination of the above. Done alla time.

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Unread 01-06-2021, 09:43 AM   #19
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Thanks Everyone. I was wondering if it was common to have a mix of different size grout spaces to make adjustments like this.

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How much tile needs to be under the baseboard? Would an 1/8-3/16 be enough to not show tile edge in case of floor movement?
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1/8-3/16 is plenty under the base. There shouldn't be that much movement.

You'll be adding such a small amount to each joint, it won't be noticeable.
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Unread 01-06-2021, 10:58 AM   #21
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Thanks Davy,

Question about Schluter Systems Reno-TK tile edge. I was going to use this in the doorway that slopes down to carpet. Trying to decide which size to purchase.

My marble is 3/8 and I have not decided to use either a 1/4x1/4 square notch or a 1/4 x 3/8 square notch. I think I should use the 1/4x3/8 would be better. Does that leave a 1/8 thinset bed?

With the marble set in thinset is will raise it above the 3/8 profile. Would the 1/2" trim edge be better? That would allow 1/8 of thinset under it to be flush but still the edge of the marble may be slightly higher then the trim edge by 1/8" depending if the thinset bed is thicker. Just wondering which way to go on it because I have to order the 1/2". Tile store only has 3/8" in stock.
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Harold, the only real way to gauge the finished thickness of your thinset mortar under your installed tiles is to use your thinset mortar and your notched trowel and your technique and measuer the result.

The industry standard is to have a minimum of 3/32nds of an inch of mortar under the set tile.

I believe Schluter recommends the profile size match the tile thickness. The object is to have the tile and profile near the same elevation but never to have the profile higher than the tile. Having the tile 1/32nd of an inch higher than the profile is acceptable.

The material of your Reno-TK determines whether you must leave a gap between tile and profile. Some of the profiles provide their own gap, others do not.

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Unread 01-06-2021, 12:17 PM   #23
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For the 6"x12"x3/8" marble which trial size is recommended? I have a 1/4" x 1/4" and a 1/4" x 3/8". The 1/4"x1/4" suppose to leave a 1/8" bed if done right. I have a 1/2 trim profile on order so maybe that will work.
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See Post #22.

Keep in mind that the profile is set into the same thinset mortar bed as the tile, Harold. I think you're gonna find the 1/2" profile a bit tall for your tiles.

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I got all the full size pieces down today. Will I be able to walk on it tomorrow to start laying the pieces that needs cut?
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24 hours is the usual requirement to walk on newly set tiles.
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I'll add to Jeff's caution that that is a minimum time under laboratory ambient conditions.
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Thanks again. I was able to stay off the 24 hr and I was able to get all my cuts done. I did not have time to thin set the cuts in so that will be this week or next weekend job.
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Got the tiles already and thinking about grout. When I did my master bath 10 years ago, I used spectra epoxy grout. It has really done great no issues.

What is the best grout to use on natural marble? I mostly have 1/8” grout joints except for a couple 1/4” joints.

The marble is honed.
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Harold,

I'm a Spectralock epoxy grout fan boy. Though my experience with it is limited to my own DIY projects I like it for its water proof and stain resistant properties. There are some other single component grouts that have similar properties but I've no experience with them.

Marble, being soft and porous, likely will absorb moisture from grout. It might also be easily scratched by the aggregate in grout. Not all aggregate is the same, natch. Some are larger, and/or sharper than others.

The only real way to determine of the grout you want to use will get along with your marble is to make up a test board to see.
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