I got some ceramic floor tiles for the downstairs WC. I'd kind of like to
lay them up tight together in contact with no grouting between, but will
it look right if they're not specifically manufactured to be laid this
way? And if so, how does one distinguish tiles you grout from tiles you
..and that slightly wider grouted gap will lose small differences in
relative flatness/level from one tile to the next, which will occur if
the substrate is less than completely flat and level, and/or if there's
the slightest difference in thickness between adjoining tiles.
On Thursday 21 November 2013 19:43 Cursitor Doom wrote in uk.d-i-y:
Buy coloured grout (google for Mapei for some examples - lot sof colours
You will want to mix it, by hand is fine (wooden spoon, stainless steel or
large glass bowl works well IME) in small batches as you only have 15-20
minutes to work it. Then you sponge off and mix and apply the next batch.
Ready coloured poweder will ensure you get consistent results - expecially
if you weight/measure out fixed amounts and add fixed volumes of water to
Don't use white - I did and it was a mistake. Despite grout sealer, it gets
ingrained dirt and goes grey. Best to chose a mid tone colour or even a
draker colour for contrast.
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Make a sample batch first mixed to the planned proportions to check how
the colour comes out, then go back and buy more colour when it is too
light. Black, for example, is impossible and will be nothing better that
dark grey even at many times the suggested mix.
The grout takes up tiny inaccuracies in manufacture.
If you lay them tight, after a while you find they won't quite fit right.
Also there are very slight "twists".
The errors are multiplied as you lay them.
The grout disguises all this.
Also the joints have to be sealed, you need a gap to get the grout/sealer
On Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:13:29 -0000, harryagain wrote:
This is true - my kitchen floor is of quarry tiles (9" of course, so spares
are rare) and some of the grout (cement-based, judging by the hardness) is
<=SFA! It's cracked in places but of course I can't really get anything
Where's Frank - he gone off with me angle grinder.
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