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  1. ck9694

    ck9694 Active Member

    Location:
    Pe9
    Hi guys, previous post will tell you I’m new here and learning as much about tiling as I can.
    I have a job coming up where 2 bathroom floors to do in natural stone, modular pattern. The tiles are “savanna sand” from Topps. Builder is supplying all materials & sealer.
    Do I treat these like any other tile in terms of cutting & fixing (I have a grinder & a rubi ts66 max) and then just seal them prior to and after grouting? Or because it’s natural stone are there other precautions I need to take. Also modular pattern, floor is only about 4m2 square is there and rule of thum in setting out or just however I think looks good. All advice welcome, I want to learn learn LEARN. Many thanks
     
  2. Protiler 68

    Protiler 68 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    South east/kent
    Just a small floor ,put a few down dry to have a look ,use white adhesive ,and use a decent blade ,good luck
     
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  3. ck9694

    ck9694 Active Member

    Location:
    Pe9
    Will my rubi snap cutter be fine on them? Or make all cuts with the grinder?
     
  4. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    What’s the substrate?
    Sometimes the pattern gets supplied with the tiles.
     
  5. ck9694

    ck9694 Active Member

    Location:
    Pe9
    Hardie Backer
     
  6. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    Rubi will be no use with stone! Diamond tools only!
     
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  7. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Pattern is probably roman opus . Google it .
     
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  8. ck9694

    ck9694 Active Member

    Location:
    Pe9
    Thank you
     
  9. timeless john

    timeless john Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    Is this DIY or are you charging for this information?
     
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  10. GAZ5518

    GAZ5518 Tiler Extraordinaire Professional Tiler

    Location:
    EPSOM
    :eek: Et voila
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  11. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Sounds like it's a job he's taking on for a customer
     
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  12. timeless john

    timeless john Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    You may dislike my post and as you haven’t answered I assume you’ve no experience in fixing stone.
    You may have the wish to learn this trade but asking a few questions on here is not adequate preparation to undertake a professional job.
     
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  13. DC Ceramic and stone

    DC Ceramic and stone Tiler and Father.

    Location:
    great yarmouth
    As said above the only thing a rubi will be good for is scoring a straight line. You wont be able to break these tiles on a flat bed cutter. As they are opus patterned then you will need to dry lay a few running full length of the floor and full width (a cross pattern) this way you can avoid arriving at the edges with slithers. You can then adjust as necessary. As they are limestone I would suggest using a white adhesive and make sure they are clean before you seal them, grout then seal again.
     
  14. ck9694

    ck9694 Active Member

    Location:
    Pe9
    But to get the experience, you have to do it first- right? I could shy away from it and say no thank you, find someone else to do it. Or, ask questions get a bit of help and just get on with it. I’m sure you started out somewhere one day John I don’t think you were born with a trowel in your hand. Gets my back up when people are on here for opinions and help and there’s always one who’s not happy with it. Damned if you do damned if you don’t
     
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  15. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    You should get experience by working with someone who does know what they are doing not just bluffing it at a customers house . @timeless john@timeless john wasn't born with a trowel in his hand but he did a time served apprenticeship.
     
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