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Discuss Cutting out door frames to fit tile under in the DIY Tiling Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

  1. EdMac

    EdMac Active Member

    Location:
    MIdlands
    Just wondering what height to cut clear - Tile + How much for adhesive?

    The tiles are 59cm x 59cm porcelain and 9-12mm thick. I have a 20mm trowel. I think that is 15mm height so applied at an angle presumably will be somewhere between 9 and 12mm (depending on angle)... is there an official way to work this out?

    The house is not that old so door frames are an MDF style material and should be easy enough to cut away.
     
  2. Bond

    Bond TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Highland
    Facings/architraves may be MDF, tile on floor plus 3mm cardboard or aquivilent under and cut.
     
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  3. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    I put a 3mm spacer under an off cut of tile and use that to mark the architrave
     
  4. Tom Astley

    Tom Astley Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Manchester
    these are best things for undercuts bar none.

    LINKY
     
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  5. 3_fall

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

    Location:
    SW London
    Same as above, typically I’ll put tile down and lay card from tile box and cut to that.
    Depends on how tile wraps around door.
    Sometimes you’ll need more clearance because of the angle you need to get tile in.
    Put the first full tile in place so you can use it as a guide to measure your cut piece, then remove the full tile and fit the architrave piece first then full tile, making sure you do both at same time.
    Otherwise if you fit all full pieces around doors and go back later with cuts, you can’t get them in.
     
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  6. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Laser level facing door sat on last fixed tile, measure down from line to tile and transfer measure down from line on archatrave, cut off with a multi tool, as above though if your going in at an angle may need more off
     
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  7. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Uk
    You could just take the architraves off.
    If it’s a newer build chances are they are only braded on so carefully lever them off and fix back when tiled.
     
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  8. hmtiling

    hmtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    A staedtler pencil on top of the tile will mark it perfectly for a 12mm notch trowel or schmox clip base.
     
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  9. 3_fall

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

    Location:
    SW London
    How many Screwfix pencils is that H? :D
     
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  10. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Are we talking about door frames or architraves/door stops?

    I don’t cut the frames at all. Architraves I remove and replace/refit after tiling on all jobs. I find it easier and takes out the guess work.
     
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  11. EdMac

    EdMac Active Member

    Location:
    MIdlands
    I'm talking about door frames. They have an irregular profile so it would look a mess if I tried to trim the tile around the frame.
     
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  12. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    No worries, thanks for the replies everyone.
     
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  13. widler

    widler Professional Tiler

    Location:
    England
    But then you most probably have to redecorate, no chance you can take arcs off on most jobs
     
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  14. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Boggs does full refits so he gets to decide. Same with me
     
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  15. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Archatrave yes, but i don't understand the need to cut the actual door frame..
     
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