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Unread 11-05-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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string as spacer

Does or has anyone ever used string or rope as a spacing for tile. An old tiler i used to work with would use it and i was wondering what would be the best type to use. Worth a try i think.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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Why would you want to do this?

Other reasons to use a string but for tile spacing? Maybe you misunderstood him.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 06:03 PM   #3
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Ive seen him use it. Its like a 1/4" rope that he would use and it would compress enough to give you a nice 1/8 joint and it would keep the joints clean for grouting. he said he learnt that from an old italian setter when he was much younger
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Chris,

That very technique was discussed at the JB mud course. Many old timers had seen it.
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Used a white cotton string but only for 4x4's inna shower.. Also used tile boxes cut up into squares...
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I heard of it many times years ago, and tried it on circular tub decks,and circular showers.Never worked good for me.Plain old nylon wound 1/4" as said.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 06:44 PM   #7
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I've built a lotta mud curbs with tile boxes.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 07:07 PM   #8
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That very technique was discussed at the JB mud course. Many old timers had seen it.
Hey! Some of us younger guys were familiar with the method, too.

And it'll still work, Chris, but I find spacers and wedges to be much more convenient.
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I've built a lotta mud curbs with tile boxes.
Which relates to using string as a spacer just how, Stoner?

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Unread 11-05-2010, 07:20 PM   #9
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he said he learnt that from an old italian setter when he was much younger
same here.

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Why would you want to do this?
I used it, also used sized rope many times on quarry tile walls and
a good amount of 12x12 walls.

you need a soft rope or string and put it in a bucket of water so it absorbs the water.
as you set your rows you lay the damp rope in the horizontal joint and then stack on that.
after a day the water evaporates from the rope and pulls out of the grout joints easily.
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I'm with CX. I would use spacers. Plenty of other uses for rope. If spacers weren't available like inna old days then I'm sure rope was just fine.
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I've heard old timers talk about the string/rope also. I don't get it myself. Seems to me that would only work if the tile are all consistently sized, which is rarely the case. Shims and spacers for this guy.
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almost all of the older homes around here that are plaster walls, have tile set with string
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almost all of the older homes around here that are plaster walls, have tile set with string
And they just left the string in the grout joint?
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Chris, using something that will compress will give you troubles, that's one of the problems with a rope. Many old timers would use a fine string that wouldn't compress much. The problem is, because of the weight, the higher you stack the wall up the more the rope compresses on the lower section and less on the top. That makes the joints smaller on the lower part of the wall. I seldom ever use spacers these days, nearly all wedges.
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Levi.. They sure did. Every job Ive torn out, had the string still in there..
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