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  1. James De

    James De Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    London
    hello lovely people,

    I currently use spirit levels with holes drilled in either end to secure to the wall to start my tiles from. However this is crap if I’ve tanked the area as I’m compromising the tanking. Same with timber batons.

    What are your views on the adjustable tile trackers? Vitrex and Suretile do them.

    Are there any other non destructive ways to baton out the first row of tiles? Espesially by the bath/shower tray?

    Cheers
     
  2. Plan Tec Tiling

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

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    Adjustable baton stands work ok. Have used stacks of tiles before to support the baton
     
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  3. James De

    James De Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    London
    Yeah good idea.. can just lay them on my bath boards ;) cheers Plan Tec
     
  4. Albert

    Albert Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    you could try upload_2018-9-16_10-42-0.jpeg
     
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  5. James De

    James De Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    London
  6. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    I’ve got two sets of Rubi baton stands, I also use off cuts of tiles to prop up batons.
    When I upgrade my spirit levels I use the old ones for batons
     
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  7. Albert

    Albert Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    You can just prop up individual tiles with an offcut each end
     
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  8. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I use the floor.....:)
     
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  9. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    in the invisible kitchens no
     
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  10. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I use the floor like Andy, I start with the cuts then work up. If I need to prop a row I will cut a strip of tile to size
     
  11. pdc

    pdc Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    I've never seen that done in the UK, that's just some weird thing that Italians do;)
     
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  12. hmtiling

    hmtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    I prefer to do the walls excluding bottom course, the floor then bottom course. I bought rubi stands and got a bit of grief of a certain someone :p
     
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  13. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    you've never seen it because it's invisible.
    in a few years you'll see the invisible tiles in the kitchen.
    now they are 50/50% those who put and do not put tiles in the kitchen.
     
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  14. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    I tend to knock a straight edge into the wall, or level.

    If it’s passing across tanking then I still bang a nail in. Then pop a bit more tanking over the hole before I tile.

    If you’re worried about the tanking then cut a piece of batten between your straight edge and the top of the shower tray/Bath/wet Dec etc.
     
  15. Plan Tec Tiling

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

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    I do the same
     
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