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Unread 12-12-2005, 06:50 PM   #1
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Tile spacer recommendation

I have a 5 1/2' x 11' bathroom. I think I'm going to go with the 6" x 6" tiles on the floor as the 12 inchers seem to big for such a small room .

Anyways, for the 6" tiles, what width spacers would you guys recommend for appearance and/or installation integrity ?

Also, I used thinset and screws to attach the 1/4 "hardibacker to the new beefed-up 1 1/8 "plywood sub-floor.

Do you guys recommend using the same thinset-mortar product to lay the tiles ? I recall I've read that the pro's here don't like that pre-mix and/or mastic type tile-setting products, especially for bathroom floors.

Thanks much for your patience with this noobie .
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Unread 12-12-2005, 06:56 PM   #2
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It depends somewhat on how consistent the tile are. Are they all the same size, or is there a little difference between them? The more consistent the tile, the smaller the space you CAN use. It depends somewhat on if you want the grout to complement the tile pattern, or if it is nearly the same color, to make it look monolithic. Also, depending on the bevel (if there is any) on the edge of the tile, the actual gap will look larger once grouted. I sort of like about 1/8". At that size, you can use either sanded or unsanded grout, too (or an epoxy). It seems to me in my limited experience, the larger the spacing, the easier it is to wipe out too much grout (plus, you use a lot more). My unprofessional opinion.
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Unread 12-12-2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response and follow-up questions.

The tiles are porcelain and are consistent in size. And, yes, there is a slight bevel to them. Anyone else agree that 1/8 " spacers would be the way to go ?

Also, from reading other threads, it looks like a 1/4 X 3/8 trowel is what I should use to apply the thinset to the tiles ?

Thanks much, guys.
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Unread 12-12-2005, 07:24 PM   #4
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3/16" and use sanded grout, also, 12x12s look fine and in my opinion nice in small baths.

Use a modified thinset.
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Unread 12-12-2005, 07:56 PM   #5
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If you go with the 6x6, I would make the joints 1/8 and use a sanded grout. 3/16 for 12x12 looks good to me.

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Unread 12-12-2005, 08:02 PM   #6
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Hmmmm, you guys got me thinking that the 12 inchers are the way to go. Anyone else have an opinion ? Would the 6" tiles look too "busy" in a 5' x 11' bathroom ?

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Unread 12-12-2005, 08:18 PM   #7
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It really depends on the tile itself, whether a 6" tile will look too busy in a small room. If it's a glossy tile, a tight joint is better, in my opinion. But if the tile is textured or has a flat or matte finish I'd open up the joints to at least 1/4" and use sanded grout.
Use a modified thinset over the CBU on the floor. Always powdered and never pre-mixed. I like 1/4" x 1/4" trowels for 6" tile and a 3/8" x 1/4" trowel for 12" tiles.
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Unread 12-12-2005, 08:19 PM   #8
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I just did two bathrooms with 12x12's and 3/16 joints. They look fine to me. I can post pics tomorrow if you want to see.

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Unread 12-12-2005, 08:28 PM   #9
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Here ya go, now your confused.
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Unread 12-12-2005, 08:31 PM   #10
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Around here, 12x12 is pretty much standard. Only time I see much 6x6 is on a shower wall or backsplash. I am starting to see more 18x18 in bathrooms of about 50 sq ft or larger. Of course, I have done a 30 sq ft bathroom in 18x18. One full tile in the middle and all of the others were cuts.
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