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  1. christonabike

    christonabike Active Member

    Location:
    Cleethorpes
    I was just moving my tiles this morning when I noticed a diagram on the box illustrating that they can't be laid in a brick effect and can only have an overlap of 12cm. The tiles are 600x300mm. Has anyone got an explanation for this? Surely a tile doesn't know where it's neighbors are joined, and why would it be bothered?
     
  2. hmtiling

    hmtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    It's to do with how flat they are. put 2 face to face and I think you'll see they are bowed slightly. fixing these at half/brick bond with accentuate this. However, these can be fixed brick bond, if you'd like, with lippage clips in most cases.
     
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  3. christonabike

    christonabike Active Member

    Location:
    Cleethorpes
    Thanks for the quick reply, that does make sense of it. I've just tried a few faces together and they're not too bad so will carry on as planned. Even better that I can blame the tiles over my workmanship for trips.
     
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  4. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Use the levelling clips, they are very good and available in most local tile shops and they will demonstrate how to use them, will give you a nice flat floor.
     
  5. Andy Allen

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

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    Gloucester
    Now you can see what us tilers have to put up with on a daily basis!!
     
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  6. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    North East England
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  7. Rookery

    Rookery Professional Tiler

    With half bond, the low point of one tile is next to the high point of the adjacent tile. You could fix them 1/3 bond to minimise the lippage.
     
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