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Avoiding Bathroom Tiling Mistakes

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Tiling is such a great way to update a bathroom, but it can be challenging when done for the first time. I decided to assemble a quick tutorial on my blog about the initial steps of laying tile flooring in a bathroom. The first video is attached below. And if you have any questions or comments please add them to either Hometalk or my website. Check out the full post along with the second video tutorial at www.homerepairtutor.com.
Thanks,
Jeff
  • Bathroom Tiling Layout-Part 1

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  • Joe S
    Joe S New York, NY
    on Jun 26, 2012

    Thanks for the video - very interesting. In the example you say it's acceptable that the last tile is 1/2 size - but what if based on the room/tile size the last tile was smaller - eg 1/4 or 1/8 tile - would you trim the first tile at the door jam to make the other side a little bigger? or just leave it small?

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 26, 2012

    That's an interesting question from Joe. This is a wonderful how-to. I love how you drew it out, makes it very easy to understand, particularly for a beginner like me.

  • Home Repair Tutor
    Home Repair Tutor Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jun 26, 2012

    Thanks Joe for your question and it is a good one. It's up to you how to make the tiling project work but I my preference would be to trim the first tile to make up for the small sliver on the back wall. For example, let's say the last tile is only 1 inch wide and you have a full 12 inch tile at the door jamb. The total length of the two tiles is 13 inches. I would personally make two equal width tiles of 6.5 inches for the sake of symmetry. Thus, you'd have a 6.5 inch tile at the doorway and a 6.5 inch tile on the back wall. But you wouldn't have to do it my way. The first tile could be say 10 inches at the jamb and the last tile on the opposing wall could be 3 inches. You could always do a dry layout and see what width tiles you like best before making any cuts with the tile saw. Hope this helps.

  • Home Repair Tutor
    Home Repair Tutor Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jun 26, 2012

    Thank you Miriam, I really like doing these type of videos and hope others enjoy them, too. There are many videos on YouTube of actual tiling projects, but only a few of this nature. Hopefully the videos are helpful for other members of Hometalk :)

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Jun 27, 2012

    Another option is to plan your "possible" layouts before you get the tile...tile can be 12" 13" 16" etc. or even 6" minor tweaks in the grout spacing can also help....1/8" bumped to 3/16" over a long run may make up for a sliver of tile.

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