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Old 05-10-2009, 10:08 AM   #1
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Tile spacers - spikes, wedges, horseshoes???

So can anyone shed some light on this whole tile spacer conundrum from a DIYer perspective?

All of them seems to be somewhat reusable and would seem to do the job intended, but are any of them really all that better or user friendly than the others?

I've seen a LOT of photos of folks using those plastic horseshoes. The upside seems to be that they can be used for other things (cabinets, etc) as well. The spikes, on the other hand, seem to have a very specific use and probably do that one job better than most other options. Of course, they are also available from tile-experts.com, so there is that...

One way or another, I will need to buy shims - I'm just trying to figure out what to buy!

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Old 05-10-2009, 10:14 AM   #2
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there cheap, buy em all and use what YOU like.

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Old 05-10-2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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Actually having all of them in your arsenal is beneficial. I have wedges, horseshoes, soft "X"s, and Tavy hard spacers (from Lowe's). I have yet to purchase TileSpikes but I think I will before I start my next tiling project. Each has it's merits and for DIYers like you and me it's good to have different ones that perform different functions.

If that doesn't work, I'll always think it should have.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:48 AM   #4
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yep, what Brian said. I found the Spikes particularly helpful on walls. They are the only ones you can "adjust" by simply moving the angle or depth. Don't much use the soft "X" spacers anymore - much prefer Tavy. Haven't tried the horseshoes.

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Old 05-10-2009, 10:53 AM   #5
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horseshoes are what I like when im stacking walls, problem with using the rubber x's on walls is they squish and you dont get the joint that your going for. Horseshoes and spikes for me.

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Old 05-10-2009, 11:03 AM   #6
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I've yet to try the horseshoe-type spacers, Tom, and can't comment on their utility, but I've used my Tilespikes for all manner of your "other things," 'specially the little blue ones. Very handy little boogers, those, and especially good for adjusting poorly sized wall tiles and trims.

But if you're fixin' to get you some, best do it right away. Rumor has it that when Tile Experts.com runs out of stock they're gonna stop carryin' the product and I got no eye-dee where else you can get'em online.

I recommend the bucket with all four sizes, even though you'll not have as much use for some as for others. But shouldn't nobody never be without at least one sack of them blues to use in conjunction with whatever other spacers he might be usin' at the time.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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Old 05-10-2009, 11:21 AM   #7
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tile spacers

I have revised my opinion of the Tilespikes. They are pretty much useless in a floor installation but like CX says, they work rather nicely on the walls. I wish the plastic were just a "little" softer so they would stay in place better.

I like the cross spacers that are soft because they don't move and also they can be trimmed with a sharp knife. Good luck with whatever you pick!

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Tilespikes are the omly ones we use, absolutely love them
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Tavy spacers are great for floors and larger joints on the walls....Tile spikes for the smaller joints.....I've never used the horseshoes
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