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  1. macten

    macten Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I've committed to my first 450 herringbone job - will be 3 walls of a shower enclosure with little 2x6 inch tiles.
    Lots of advice out there tells you to find the midpoint of the wall and keep the tile points to this plumb line:
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    From all the google images of jobs where this has been done I noticed that it gives unequal cuts at the sides which I don't want.
    After searching for ages I found this gem of a post:

    So I'm just after some clarification that I've got this right in my head:

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    If @Spacey360@Spacey360 or any other guru can confirm that's right then please post!!




     
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  2. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    To get it centre you line up in the middle of the two red circles, somewhere like the yellow line that I’ve tried to draw on my phone.
     
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  3. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    DCD7B775-82C7-4E10-A196-B779C817D1A5.jpeg First time playing with this feature on the phone so hopefully this is a better efforto_O
     
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  4. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

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    Salisbury
    Centre line isn't where you think it will be . @LEE MAC@LEE MAC has it right imho. But unless you frame each wall with a straight tile you will only he able to centre one wall because if you don't frame you will need to continue to the bond around the corner of the room . Good luck .
     
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  5. Andy Allen

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

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    Framing each wall makes life 10 times easier.......and imo looks better.
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  6. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler

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    Caerphilly
    So you find a centre line move it over and use that ?
     
  7. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

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    Dont understand what you mean but the centre line is in middle of the end of the tile . Refer to @LEE MAC@LEE MAC drawing if that makes sense
     
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  8. macten

    macten Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Tray will be spot on level as I will fit it and I'm aiming to wrap it round the 2 side walls if the boarding is spot on. Unfortunately I'm not doing that bit as I'm stacked out. Won't be doing it till end of September. If the boarding is rubbish then I will have to frame the walls but I love the look of it wrapping round.
     
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  9. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler

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    Gateshead NE8, UK
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    it does not rap across the floor but it still
    looks ok. 250x50 terracotta
     
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  10. macten

    macten Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Okay so using spacey's 3x6 inch parquet example giving 26mm I cut a couple of bits of paper to size to see what points he was measuring to get 104mm.

    So this is what I should be measuring:

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    Which gives what Lee Mac says:

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    And this gives equal cuts with both sidesgoing the same way.
     
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  11. bsc ceramics

    bsc ceramics Brent Professional Tiler

    think you were right 1st time. the line down the centre of the tile at 45d moves over to your centre line on the wall. is that what you mean?
     
  12. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    I’ll try and explain this in a more simpler way.
    In the above diagram take the top tile. Take the two highest corners of that tile and draw two lines straight down from each of those corners, find the middle of those two new lines and then draw another line, then move the tile over (maintaining the 45 degree angle) so as that last line drawn is centered over the center line of the wall/floor that you are tiling and you’ll then find that you’re cuts either side are equal. If that doesn’t explain it I give up :(
     
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  13. macten

    macten Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Nottingham
    That would give you equal cuts both sides but those cuts would be going in opposite directions to each other.
     
  14. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Go buy a roll of lining paper. Lay the tiles out and draw round then. Then offer up the lining paper onto your wall:tearsofjoy:
     
  15. Stustunz

    Stustunz Active Member

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    New Zealand
    Just make sure when you get to the corners you follow around otherwise it looks like crap.Start on the wall that is the feature(biggest wall or the one you see most)
    Simetimes not centering is better because it wraps around corner better.I dry lay on the floor each time I do it easier than trying to mathematically trying to work it out(get a better visual of how small the triangles are going to be).Make sure you use a laser to the tips,Goes out real quick if you don't.
     
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