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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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I'm laying 6"x6" slate tile in my front entry, which is 49"x48". I've decided to do a diamond layout but can't decide if I should center the tiles in the space or work off one side of the area and put all the odd sized tiles to one side. Centering the tiles I'll have to cut both sides all the way down and I won't have full tiles on the edges at all. If I set them off 1 side then I'll have full and half tiles on one side and cuts on the other.

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Can you layout a border with cut pieces of tile (6" x ?" rectangles) to take up the space that would leave you with full and a half peices on all sides?
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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:53 AM   #3
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center the pattern and cut both sides.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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Old February 18th, 2012, 12:03 PM   #6
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I could do that I think. The only issue is I'd have to do uneven borders though. Factoring my 1/8" grout joints and the such I estimate I'd have to do 1/2" tile on the sides and 1" on front/back

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Work off the center line. Snap a line both directions . Lay out your tile side to side and end to end to get an idea of the layout. Use your tile spacers so you understand what it will look like. Make adjustments to your chalk lines to get everything located. Pick up your loose tile and begin laying tile using adhesive.
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Centering tiles is always the way to go IMO. Just looks better.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #9
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Work off the center line. Snap a line both directions . Lay out your tile side to side and end to end to get an idea of the layout. Use your tile spacers so you understand what it will look like. Make adjustments to your chalk lines to get everything located. Pick up your loose tile and begin laying tile using adhesive.
^^^ that's the correct way
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^^^ that's the correct way
Like this guy would know anything about tile
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This is also the rite way with a little more work but the out come will look a lot better with full and half diamond pieces around the outer edge than a small and slightly larger piece
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I do it a few times a week just to stay up on my game :)
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Wow. Bennettstile that hall looks awesome. Sold on that. I'll do mine that way, I'll grab some 1" slate on the way home and do a border with that and then cut the square tiles to fit. Thanks for that picture
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