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Discuss Dissimilar sized tiles in the Tiling Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

  1. James De

    James De Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    London
    so some of the tiles I’m fitting aren’t exactly the same size, as in some are a mm shorter/longer than others.

    Not sure if this is normal?

    But WTF are you supposed to do to keep grout lines the same width?
     
  2. pdc

    pdc Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Use wedges instead of spacers and average out the gap. Should always check the tolerances before fitting so if they are sizey you can explain to the client they can't have the 2mm gap they wanted.
     
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  3. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    1mm!

    Wait until you get to fit some BCT tiles!
     
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  4. macten

    macten Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Nottingham
    You can't.
    You can minimise the irregularities by going with a slightly wider joint, expect to use plenty of red wedges as well as spacers and go by eye.
    Choosing a grout colour that blends with tile colour also helps.
     
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  5. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    It doesn’t sound like your having much fun with this job.
     
  6. James De

    James De Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    London
    I was the same when I started plumbing, stressed out to the max. Tiling isn’t any different. I guess it’s the new boy syndrome. Based on my previous post you wouldn’t think I’m a perfectionist but I am and these tiles are depressing me.. this job is depressing me haha Tiling period is depressing me but I’m determined to get better at it
     
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  7. James De

    James De Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    London
    Yeah I think I’m gonna convince her to get off white grout instead of blooming grey (tiles are off white) :mad:
     
  8. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    If it was that easy people would do it themselves!!
    Proper training and apprenticeships are what the industry requires as there are too many inexperienced diyers taking money under false pretences.
     
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  9. James De

    James De Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    London
    I’m not asking for painting by numbers.. ok maybe I am haha (I’m kidding). I hear you loud and clear John. I wouldn’t class myself as DIY not taking money under false pretences. I know how you feel about this from my other posts and I partly agree with you.
     
  10. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    The thing with age and me in particular is I cannot remember what I posted last week! So at least I’am consistent and although you have reminded me, it is certainly not personal. I look back at threads that have been ‘bumped’ and often wonder why did I say that!
    Most people just ignore me.
     
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  11. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    Is that @JulianSidney@JulianSidney in the background?
    It’s very nice to have you reading, I’ve missed you!
    John
     
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  12. 3_fall

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

    Location:
    SW London
    One way of coping with tiles that vary in size is to mark your area in to bays.
    Lay them out dry in a clear area and adjust them by eye till they appear to have an even joint.
    Then measure a certain number, whether it be 3,6 or 10, then transfer that measurement to your substrate and repeat that distance over the whole area.
    As long as you contain the tiles within that area it’ll all appear to be the same.
    With a little adjustment here and there.
    Remembering to add a joint at one end of your measurement.
     
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