Laying out tile
Now the tile layout will depend on the pattern, but you want to lay out the
tiles with spacers before you start applying thinset. Keep in mind you want the
tiles to be larger pieces when you have to cut, you don't want to end up with a
1" strip along a wall or worse a 1/4" or 1/2" piece that wouldn't look right and
be hard to cut without breaking!
They recommend starting in the center and working your way out, remember that
the tiles can crack if they are not flat, so if you have a screw that isn't sunk
in all the way DON'T step on the tile that is on top of it. Use spacers that can
be purchased at a tile supply store or even a big box store like Lowes or Home
Depot. The spacers come in different sizes, I used 1/8" for my projects. Layout as many whole
tiles that you can and if the pattern works without many small cuts and is
appealing to the eye, then you can start cutting the tiles to fill in.
The floors I did where all with an alternating or offset row pattern,
so part of what you want to know is what pattern you want. I am not sure
about all of the names but the basic grid pattern floor, diamond and the
offset rows (which is what I did)
When cutting curves, such as under the toilet, you can cut strips into the
tile about 1/4" apart up to your line, then with pliers break away each of the
I used a cheap tile saw from Harbor Freight tools to do the job, but you can
also rent a better one from most tool rental shops. The table on this one can be
adjusted for an angle cut, but that wasn't necessary for the floors I did.
Cut slow enough not to chip the edges or break the last part
when cutting through the tile. You can get an edging block or whatever
it is called, from a tile supply store that you can use to soften the
edge if it is where it will be stepped on.
There are other tile
cutters that you place the tile in and run a scoring wheel across and
then you pull a lever applying even pressure to both sides of the tile
causing it to break down a straight line. So there are options to
cutting the tile. The wet saw I bought allowed for cutting freehand in
order to cut slices in order to make curves such as for toilet plumbing.
Back to laying out the tile... once you have it all cut,
spaced and fitting nicely it is time for
installing the tile.
---> Installing bathroom tile.