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andyman1noh

06:47PM | 07/05/07
Member Since: 09/29/06
19 lifetime posts
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I am renovating my bathroom. I have replaced the floor(tile), cabinets, bathtub, toilet and sink. Ok, I replaced the bathroom. the last thing to do is the tub surround. I am using the same tile as on the floor(13x13 porcelain). on the floor I staggered the tiles to have a brick pattern. I am trying to decide what to do on the wall. should I do the same pattern, or should I change to regular gragh or diagonal pattern? also what do you do if one tile ends up perfectly where the tub spout or controls are. is there a tool to cut through the tile like say a hole saw would cut through wood. I would like to avoid creating too amny grout lines around the spout or controls.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Andrew.

Tileguybob

07:48PM | 07/06/07
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
The diagonal will much more difficult to do. The big problem will be keeping the tile from sliding while the thinset dries. On a straight pattern you can use tile spacers to maintain a grout joint. With a diagonal all the weight is concentrated to the point on the bottom of the tile making it harder to keep lined up properly. Even with the newer nano tech thinsets it would take some playing and getting a feel for how thick to mix the thinset.

As far as cutting around the pipes a wet saw will do the job the best unless you want to shell out $400+ for a wet hole cutting system. Or get a 4.5" right angle grinder and a diamond tip dry cutting blade for it, mark the small square on the backside of the tile and cut it out. Dont apply any pressure to the tile or it will crack as it heats up from the blade grinding through
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