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Unread 05-07-2017, 09:40 PM   #1
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question on travertine grout line

Im a DIYer. I have tiled a few times in the past with ceramic tiles. this is my first attempt at real stone. I recently purchased 1200 square feet of versailles pattern travertine tile. the tile is brushed with chipped edges. I did a dry layout of the tile and the tile is cut to were it does not allow for any grout line. If I use any spacers the pattern gets off after the first run. The stone warehouse were I bought the tile from said the tile is meant to be butted together (no grout lines). Everything I have read on this forum says I should have a minimum of 1/16 or greater groutline. Can I lay the tile out butted together and the chiseled edges will allow for things to work out when it comes time to grout? or do i need to find a way to get some kind of spacing between the tiles? here is a picture of what im talking about
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Unread 05-08-2017, 12:23 AM   #2
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When I've set this tile before I've always had to cut some of the tiles by 1/8 to keep things true. Usually it's like every 3rd tile needs a bit of a shave. If you pick the most heavily chisseled edges it does not show.http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...1&d=1494224622
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Unread 05-08-2017, 08:14 AM   #3
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Hello,

The thread http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...d.php?t=120090 addresses the same issue.

In the last post http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/....php?p=1436159 I included a diagram showing that you can add a grout line by shaving just (1) 1x2s and (2) 1x1s in each 6x6 fundamental region.

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Unread 05-08-2017, 10:31 PM   #4
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The pattern in the picture is not versailles, but I have set versailles numerous times. I don't try to figure it out all ahead of time, I just start setting and shave tiles down where necessary. It becomes plenty obvious which tiles need what cuts. Most of the time you need to cut the short edge of the 1x2 tiles and two edges on the 1x1 tiles. That combined with some slight fudging makes for pleasing results. I TRY TO SHAVE THE MOST HEAVILY CHISELLED SIDE OF THE TILE. that way no additional work is required for uniform appearance.
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Thanks for the advice gentlemen
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