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Unread 11-29-2001, 01:59 AM   #1
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I have a porch that is 16ft wide and 6ft deep.
I am using 13x13 ceramic tiles on a concrete slab.

The way I figured was that I can have 14 full tiles (starting at the front door) and 1 tile about 5 inches wide at the end going across or I can have 13 full tiles and 1 nine inch tile each at both ends.
What would you recommend ??

Secondly, would you recommend filling a one inch gap with grout rather than trying to cut a narrow piece of tile to fit, even though the gap is at the base of the front door.
I have a brick step-up that juts out a few inches at the base of the front door hindering me from getting at least a
decent size cut of tile in at that spot.
It's a pretty complicated scenario to explain without seeing it for yourself.

Also, do I have to cut any expansion joints in the slab ??

Any help will be appreciated.
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Unread 11-29-2001, 06:32 AM   #2
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Hi Erich,

Balance the field of tile with equal cuts at both ends IF the front door is centered on the porch. If not you may want to concentrate on the doorway, centering the field there.

I don't understand the 1 in. business. You have 13 in. tiles to span 6 ft. To me that represents laying about 5 -1/2 tiles. I would start at the front of the porch away from the door with a full tile and place the cuts on the wall with the door. "L" cut around the brick threshold.

Leave 1/4 in. gap everywhere the floor abuts something and fill that with silicone or latex caulking. No saw cuts in the slab.
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Unread 11-29-2001, 06:35 AM   #3
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The layout is totally up2U, your there. You say you have 13 inch tiles, but are they really? It's very hard to do your layout for you from here.

I try to have as many full tiles and large cuts as possible.

Secondly...caulk wasn't intended to fill 1" gaps I don't think.

What size grout joints are you using? Is it possible to fudge on your grout joints to close the 1" gap completely?

You won't need any control/expansion joints, your safe there.

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Unread 11-29-2001, 08:57 AM   #4
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Try shifting the lay out when centering it. Instead of having the grout line in the center, try the layout starting with a full tile centered, or visa versa.
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