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Unread 03-20-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm going to be installing a ceramic tile floor. I've done 1 tile backsplash and it came out very nice. Thats all my experience.
The customer asked me to do the floor in 16x16 ceramic with no spacers, and I agreed. I've seen small tile in showers and backsplashes done this way.
I was wondering if there might be any issues from not using spacers on the floor, like possibly how well the grout holds up.
Any ideas? Anybody ever seen floors done this way?
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Unread 03-20-2008, 07:26 PM   #2
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gunner,

By no spacers do you mean zero grout joint? Butting the tiles together? If so, it's a very bad idea. All kinds of crap will get into the joints and I would think even if you tried to grout it, it'll all flake out in no time. Ceramic tile is not meant to be butt joined.

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Unread 03-20-2008, 07:46 PM   #3
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Butt jointed is exactly what I meant. I thought there may be an issue with the grout staying in.
So if I need to use spacers, does it matter what size?
I know the customer will ask me to use the smallest (1/16 in).
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Welcome Gunner! Got a first name we can use ??

Are the tiles rectified??( ground to within 1/16 " + or - ) even so, floors gota be dead on flat too with that size tile ,I`d shoot for 3/16 grout line but I`d check several tiles out of several boxes for sizes & check that floor!!! for waves.
Concrete or wood floor?
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Unread 03-20-2008, 08:53 PM   #5
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I'm not sure if the tile is rectified, never heard of that.
The floor is concrete and small, about 60 sq ft. It looks flat, I think it will be ok.
3/16 sounds like a good size.
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Unread 03-20-2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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Welcome, Gunner.
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It looks flat, I think it will be ok.
With tiles of that size, especially if you're fixin' to try for a narrow grout joint, you best be checking that floor with a long straight-edge for flat. Real flat.

The industry standard is no variation more than 1/4" in ten feet and 1/16" in any one foot. You'll wanna beat that.

You'll wanna check those tiles for flat, too, before you commit to anything.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 03-20-2008, 09:50 PM   #7
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Thanks, I think I have a clue now.
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