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  1. dg-1984

    dg-1984 Active Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Hi all, I am going to be tiling a splash back on our kitchen.
    We have found tiles that we like the look of, they are Wickes split face porcelain tiles which by the things I have read could be hassle.
    These are the tiles:
    A thought I just had was how you would get a socket to fit on these and look proper?
    If fitting round into the window frame would you use corner trim or mitre the back off and try match them up? Know this could be a pain trim could be easier.
    Or am I best returning these and keep looking for another time?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Andy Allen

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

    Location:
    Gloucester
    It will be a nightmare, especially for DIY.
    I would return them and get a metro tile...:)
     
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  3. dg-1984

    dg-1984 Active Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Ok thanks, will need to keep looking for other tiles.
     
  4. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    If you like cleaning they will be good because you spend all your time trying to keep them clean .
     
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  5. Tom Astley

    Tom Astley Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Manchester
    choose a different tile......not practical for a kitchen and very unhygienic.
     
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  6. dg-1984

    dg-1984 Active Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    So for the sake of information and expanding my knowledge how would you go about setting the sockets in correctly?

    And also if you were going round a corner into a window would you try and continue the pattern?
     
  7. Andy Allen

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

    Location:
    Gloucester
    All you could do is go behind the socket face plate as you would using any other tile, but the socket won't sit flat due to the uneven tile, so you would silicone around it to seal it.......looks pants imo...
    Always continue the bond with any tile...
     
  8. Paul C.

    Paul C. Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Desperately trying to find a picture, from a customer we had a while back. Feature wall with sockets in. We were never told exactly how it was done, only saw the finished wall. But it appeared to me as if the tiler sorted the tiles based on the flattest of the relatively same thickness he could find, cut the tiles to size to fit the socket screws in and routered the top edge slightly so that the faceplate partially sat into the tile.

    Will keep digging.
     
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  9. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Billy no mates. Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    that's how I'd thought it would be done.
     
  10. Bopster

    Bopster Active Member

    Location:
    Colchester
    Sounds like a right pain in the bottom, and it’ll still impossible to keep clean
     
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  11. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    As @Paul C.@Paul C. To get anywhere near decent partially cut in faceplate and also use a bucket of silicone . But yes good luck keeping it clean
     
  12. dg-1984

    dg-1984 Active Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Are there multitool blades that could cut into the tiles?
    And allow to cut a few mil recess for the socket to sit?
     
  13. Bopster

    Bopster Active Member

    Location:
    Colchester
    Would be much easier with a grinder, porcelain and multi tool doesn’t sound promising
     
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  14. dg-1984

    dg-1984 Active Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Yeah meant just for trimming down a little main cuts would be grinder but just to plunge cut the small recess.
    Was just a thought.
     
  15. Bopster

    Bopster Active Member

    Location:
    Colchester
    I’d think again, porcelain is chuffing hard and multitools aren’t meant for sort of work
     
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