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  1. #32

    #32 Active Member

    How would you suggest "randomising" a 90 x 15 plank wood effect tile running through a kitchen / dinner into a entrance hallway?
    Standard should dictate no more than 33% offset to adjacent tile, and I don't want to end up with the "perfect grout lines" of a tell-tale tile floor? Would you start with some random off cuts (all less then a third off the length) and just work off your start line with that, and carry it through?

    Floor will be as level as can be with new self level latex being spread.

    Also expansion joint? would they be required? It's technically 2 rooms covering about 42m2.

    Recommendations on an adhesive & grout? 9mm porcelain tile, 3mm grout gap.
     
  2. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    There's only one way to get the random joint look, and that's to lay them randomly!

    Expansion joint only needed if you have an 8m long run, you could put one in the door way, I don't usually but by the book you should.
     
  3. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    Stick one in the doorway as local says. What are the dimensions of the room and are the rooms on two separate screeds?

    As for products, it depends on what retailers are close to you and what you are happy to use.
     
  4. Ttt1601

    Ttt1601 Professional Tiler

    If you use clips you can go more than the 33 % overlap, and still have a perfect floor, then just stuck em down where they fall is what I do, any off cut gets used to start a new row at some point, or I'll just put one down in front of me where I am, just keep and eye out that you don't wnd up accodentally doing a row exactly the same
     
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  5. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    If you use clips, allow 33% more time to complete the job!
     
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  6. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    BELFAST
    I wouldn't want to lay a plank floor tile of noteable length now without clips and I actually think it's quicker in the long run.
     
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  7. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    If the floor is v good and the tiles are good quality then there should be no problem!
     
  8. Ttt1601

    Ttt1601 Professional Tiler

    No large plank Tile is flat and its much quicker with clips once you get used to them
     
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  9. #32

    #32 Active Member

    Thanks for the advice. The kitchen / dinner is 1 room, doorway out to the hallway.
    Floor is being latex leveled in 1 run all the way through both areas, so should be very level.
    I was going to use lash clips anyway although I do sometimes find them hard to push under the tile once I have applied pressure and slid the tile into place???
    The tile is a bayker porcelain 90 x 15, so taking that information into account would you guy / girls go random pattern over 33%? Or to be safe would you stick to 33% and under?
    I was going to use bal single part flex, and micromax2 grout? Or would a wide joint grout be just as good (and cheaper). Would admix be worth putting in?
     
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  10. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    To be honest, ALL the information you need is in the posts above.

    3mm is not a wide joint.
    But it is your choice what grout you use.

    Additive, Why?
    It's a solid floor isn't it?

    Bal spf is a good adhesive.
     
  11. Ttt1601

    Ttt1601 Professional Tiler

    And if by lash clips, you mean the l.a.s.h system, use one of the better systems with a flat base to the clip and you will find it much easier
     
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  12. #32

    #32 Active Member

    Thanks for the advice. I thought Bal wide joint was good for floors with 3mm+ grout gap.
    The lash clips do have an awkward U shape to the bottom of the clip which can be hard to get under the tile without lifting off the adhesive. Any suggestions on leveling clips?
     
  13. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    You talking about the stuff from Topps? Don't use them.
    Go to @Pro Tiler Tools@Pro Tiler Tools for their genesis clips
     
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  14. #32

    #32 Active Member

    The LASH ones from Tradetiler.com was the ones I have used in the past.
     
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