hopefully last question about tiling

Hello,
One last question about tiling (pretty sure.. I think...)
Again 18 sq in tiles. What I've read is lay the full ones then go back and do the ones you have to cut. Pretty sure that means putting weight on the setting uncut tiles while you measure and lay the cut ones etc. That doesn't sound like a good thing to me. Does this mean you wait the 24 hrs or so for the thinset to cure adequately to take some weight before doing the tiles you have to cut?
If this is the case, and putting down tiles after the thinset has reasonably set on some is fine, then does it make sense to lay my decorative 3 inch strips first, as they drive the whole layout, let them set for 24 hrs, then set the full tiles against the now rigid decorative strips, and then, on the 3rd day to do 18 in sq tiles that need cutting. I know this sounds like extra work but I'm worried that putting these big tiles down is going to move the smaller strips unless i'm exceedingly careful. I've seen enough of it working out the layout to know it's a real concern.
comments welcome as always ml
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Well yeah you would have to wait about 24 unless you're using quick setting t/s, which I wouldn't recommend for a beginner. And even when I use the quick setting it all gets set at once. Make your cuts and set them as well as your decos as you install the full field tiles. Just keep an eye on it and adjust a little if needed as you set.

Just slow down, take your time and be careful. And throw whatever it is your reading in the can.
I expect to be invited over a one helluva cookout when this over ;)
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Like he said. Do it all at once. Going back for the cuts will ALWAYS create problems.
Just in case your wondering.............. the grout is done all at once also. Unless there is a color change or boarder that the eye will follow.
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Also - If you do it in stages you will most likely had dried thinset where you do not want it, Causng a rocking tile or pushing your spacing out of whack.

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