Tile questions

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  1. Nov 28, 2011 #1

    Bailey

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    I'm going to tile my house and going to use 20" and 6" tile pattern. With this pattern, do I need to start in a specific place, or can I start in the bathroom and work my way down the hall through the kitchen and dining rooms?
     
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    I think the most important room should have the pattern centerd but you also want to consider all areas so you don't end up with a real lopsided look down the hall or 1/2" strip in front of the tub. You just have to do the homework.
     
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    With that big a tile you need to do some research to see if that floor will even be able to be tiled. Not all floors without some extra work can be.
    There can be 0 floor deflection in tiles that big, There needs to be at least 1-1/8 subflooring and underlayment.
    There can be no partical board or 1/4 underlaymant.
     
  4. Nov 28, 2011 #4

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    I agree that the main room should be considered first. Maybe I'll lay the pattern out through most of the area to be sure. Also it's a concrete slab that I have so I assumed that I didn't need an underlay. Am I wrong?
     
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    Any problums with moisture? Has there been a moisture test done.
    Has the floor been painted?
    What's on the floor now?
    Any cracks in the slab?
     
  6. Nov 29, 2011 #6

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    No moisture problem no test done there was old clay type tile on the floor which I removed about 8 months ago and floor was never painted
     
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    There is one crack that I was going to fill with sealant
     
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    What should I do? Is there something I can lay down for support?
     
  10. Nov 29, 2011 #10

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    Look at the link Joe provided.
     
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    Check Joe's link to schluter, That your best bet for cracks.
     
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    Thanks guys
     
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    What do you think about using lanolium instead of ditra? Same concept right
     
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    I wouldn't suggest anyone who isn't a pro to install large format tile. I've seen / repaired horrors.
     
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    They don't listen to pros on here. The handyman rules on this site.
     
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    This seems like a big job and a lot of questions. If this is truly going to be a DIY job then the only saving grace might be is to measure all rooms walls to walls use long level make shore your all level up to par, put your pattern down first on the floor with pencil all your lines where your tiles are going were your cut peaces are going you always want to work your way out not in so you don't end up having to walk on the tile before they dry.
    Do one room at a time.
     

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