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  1. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    Evening all

    Newbie to this forum
    I'm a plumbing & heating engineer from West yorkshire
    I'm currently installing new bathroom for myself and have got to the tiling part So that's why I'm here to hopefully get top tips and advice (or a local tiler to do it for me )
    These are the tiles I'm wanting to use around bath & shower area
    I've boarded with no more ply 12mm wall boards now just unsure as to use grout or not as I've been told splitface don't get grouted but these are just a 300x450 tile not interlocked just confused as to what to do? Also would it be best to stagger the pattern or stack on top of one another?
    Cheers in advance
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    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
  2. 3_fall

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

    Location:
    SW London
    Hi and welcome to the forum Benji, and we don't even mind heating engineers joining in! :)
     
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    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
  3. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    really? :eek:
    we have plasterers next :mad:
     
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  4. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    welcome Benji
     
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  5. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    prefer heating engineer
     
  6. 3_fall

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

    Location:
    SW London
    We all have our cross to bear!:D










    Fair enough!:)
     
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  7. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Hi and welcome...are those tiles from Topps Tiles ?
     
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  8. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    No bought them online from tons of tiles? Called formations graphite rockface
     
  9. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    :eek:I love grouting them.
     
  10. 3_fall

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

    Location:
    SW London
    I don't grout them!:D
     
  11. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    :tearsofjoy: :thumbsup:
     
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  12. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    They make a nice feature wall ungrouted but a mare to grout and clean in a shower area including all the soap residue.
     
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  13. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I've fitted these tiles numerous times and have always grouted the joins, they look better butted up tight. If they are going in wet area your gonna want to grout them.
     
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  14. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    Would a grout gun make it a little easier? Or just ignore the grout butt up and hope the walls really are waterproof? :tearsofjoy::grin:
     
  15. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Lay them out on the floor and you will get an idea.
    I can tell you, the walls deffinately aren't water proof
     
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  16. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    Hertfordshire
    Could use a grout bag, let the grout stiffen up a bit in the joints then strike excess off, use a sponge very gingerly so to avoid any residue going into the tile surface.
     
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  17. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    So grouting is the way forward to guarantee a dry kitchen ceiling :tearsofjoy::grin:

    Would it look better staggered or on top of each other then with grout or is this just personal preference??
     
  18. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Personal preference, personally on top of each other. Just grout with the float but don't spread it all over.
    On a serious note, nmp is not water proof.
     
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  19. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    Would it be worth using a tanking kit over the nmp? Or just tile and grout onto it?
    Thank for advice
     
  20. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    In the wet area yes you should really be tanking over nmp.
     
  21. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    I would plasterboard and tank over that, the tiles arn't that heavy....
     
  22. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I think he's already done it
     
  23. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    IMG_0287.JPG I have already installed the no more ply
    And soaked in the tilers primer as you can see in photos
    So tank over this for extra security? Is the aqua seal stuff any good? Then tile once that's all done
     
  24. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    I would have brick bonded the boards....
     
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  25. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    What's the primer you have put on there? Looks super shiny, pva?
     
  26. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    It's no more ply own stuff used there own glue as well to put in between each board as they recommended not nice stuff got it everywhere as you can see :tearsofjoy:
     
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  27. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
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  28. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    You can buy sbr nearly anywhere....probably cheaper.
     
  29. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    Guess they saw me coming
    £10 a tub and £8 for the glue used 3 tubes
     
  30. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    The glue is always expensive.
    Primer is fine.
    Whitebeam is being a right pessimist this evening!
     
  31. Andy Allen

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

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Think I fitted same tile on a feature wall.
    These i did brick bond, I butt jointed them and just filled in any gaps with grout using my finger..

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  32. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    That looks great
    Not passing through Leeds anytime soon are you? i know of a bathroom that needs tiling :tearsofjoy:
     
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  33. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    If you look in the directory on here they may be some tilers in your area who are trusted and reputable
     
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  34. Benji84

    Benji84 Active Member

    Location:
    West yorks
    Thinking about using theses tiles for chimney breast in living room now and get something different for the bathroom ideally flat and easy to grout
     
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  35. Andrew Anaxagoras

    Andrew Anaxagoras Active Member

    Location:
    Uk
    Thought I'd give you another option,didn't like grouting them but done much harder

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