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Unread 12-18-2018, 10:41 AM   #1
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1/8” or 1/16” spacers for bathroom Tile

Remodeling a guest bathroom. The look I am going for is in the picture below. The tiles I will be using are below that.

What spacer do you recommend I use, 1/8th or 1/16th?
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Unread 12-18-2018, 11:19 AM   #2
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the canned answer people are going to give you is that you need to choose your grout width by variations in your tile - which is the technically correct answer. I think it's 3x the largest variation you have in your tiles. How flat your tiles are can play into this as well. Larger grout joints can help ease the perception of lippage.

In my basement remodel in the dry areas (den, hall) I used a 1/16" joint for my 8x48 planks.
1) Because the dimensional variation could support such a joint size
2)I'm probably never going to have to service those joints.
In my shower/wet area I'm planning to do an 1/8" for serviceability reasons. It's going to be a lot easier to run a tool through those joints if I ever need to regrout which is a lot more likely to happen in a wet area.


So if your tiles can support a 1/16" grout joint I would suggest going with 1/8" to make them easier to service in the future.
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Unread 12-18-2018, 11:27 AM   #3
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if those are tiles from a box store like Home Depot, I would never do 1/16in.

Are they pressed edge or rectified?
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Unread 12-18-2018, 11:37 AM   #4
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They are from The Tile Shop.

The tile is pictured below. It is called the Baltimore gris wood look wall and floor tile.
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Unread 12-18-2018, 01:15 PM   #5
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call or email tile shop and ask if it is rectified, i bet it is not.

IMO DIY opinion, I would not do 1/16, but only way to be sure is to buy a few boxes and start comparing tiles, measuring them, and checking with a straight edge. see how much variation there is.
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Unread 12-18-2018, 01:24 PM   #6
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Ok, will do.
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I called and asked them if the tile was rectified and they told me they are. He said you can put them as close as you want.

With that said, if I am DIY, do you still recommend I go 1/8th? Is 1/16th much harder to install or something?
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Stay with 1/8"........
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Unread 12-18-2018, 02:43 PM   #9
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Ok, Thanks people.
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Another vote for 1/8.
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Unread 12-18-2018, 08:33 PM   #11
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Yeah, 1/8". I just did something very similar for a shower and used 1/8" spacers. If you get a grout that matches the tile, the joints will look very thin anyway.
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Unread 12-18-2018, 09:05 PM   #12
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Yeah I would do an 1/8". I'm putting in some square edge travertine at a job now from the Tile Shop and using a 1/16" grout line. Wish I woulda used an 1/8.
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Unread 12-20-2018, 11:21 AM   #13
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Why are Shower Pans so expensive? How hard is it to DIY?

What the title says.

I'm seeing the KBRS Tile-Basin and Schluter shower tray systems in the $500+ zone.

Can't I make something similar for a 1/4th of the price. Just curious why it is so expensive?

Do you have to go this route? I want to play it safe since I'm on a 4th floor of a condo building and I don't want the shower pan to leak below into the unit below me.

I would consider myself an intermediate handyman. Not the best, not the worst. I have made a shower pan before years ago at a parents basement.
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you can always blow your own closed cell foam panels. many different foam kits are available. after they are cast, blown, extruded, shave them flat. you could do this with a router sled similar to planing wood slabs flat. Then run them on a cnc router to profile your slope , leading away from the drain. You can probably do the layout for your application on some CNC programming cad/cam software.

After that, heat up some polyethylene sheets of say 6mil thickness to near melting point, without melting through, and embed some polyester fleece into both sides. then use some foam-safe adhesive to bond the polyethylene sheets to each side of the panel.

bam, good to go. your own waterproof shower tray for nothing!

In all honesty, this is what you are paying for when buying a 500 dollar foam tray.


or you can just pack your own mud bed for about 20 bucks in materials plus a PVC liner. Just need a 2x4, level, and some trowels.
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Unread 12-20-2018, 11:39 AM   #15
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I plan to lay tiles on the shower pan.
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