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Advice for my first tiling job, small bathroom

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by robodelfy, 22 Jul 2020.

  1. robodelfy

    robodelfy

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    Hi, I've layed No More Ply on my small bathroom floor ready for tiling. The sub floor was not perfect despite my best efforts, as it's old floor boards. I called No More Ply and they said just use more of the mega strength adhesive and it will expand to fill any small gaps.


    The NMP went down ok, but there is one section where two boards meet and there's a 1/2mm lip for about 30cm. Will this be an issue?


    Other than that the adhesive foamed up and is a bit proud by 1mm in places. I considered sanding it but didn't want to ruin the pre primed boards or the seal the adhesive made between the boards. Any advice?


    I have no idea if I'm being too obsessive, because I imagine tile adhesive will be able to deal with little 1 or 2mm lumps and bumps, what do you think? I have a 6mm notched trowel, should I get one with bigger notches?


    Ive seen so many different approaches to tiling, I'm confused. What would you do in a small room like this? Work from one side to the other, not from centre out?


    What's the best way to get everything lined up and square? Just follow the edge of the NMP boards and work across? As you can see form the photo, 5 tiles fits almost perfectly across.


    Sorry for all the questions, any advice would be great

    Thanks
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    Firstly, you can use a scraper with a fresh blade to cut the excess glue.
    1/2mm step is not a problem, just make sure you use enough adhesive so there are no voids under the tile (as it should be regardless)
    With regards to tile positioning you're doing ok.
    I prefer to keep full tiles where they're visible and cuts behind toilet, radiator etc.
    Keep this in mind and you'll be ok.
    Of course if you end up having to cut a little 10mm strip all along a wall, you need to reconsider your plans and split the 2 end tiles; more cuts but easier cuts more pleasing to the eye.

    And you ideally need a 10mm trowel.
     
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    Just noticed your bath frame: very good.
    Once all is connected underneath, add 2 more vertical posts with L brackets so they can be easily removed.
    They will give you full confidence to sit on the edge of the bath and find it solid.
     
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  5. robodelfy

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    The bath is steel so it's completely solid as it is! It's Bette too, one of the best brands
     
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    I have a 3mm steel kaldeway and still added the 2 posts.
    I proudly sit or stand on the edge and nothing moves.
    For the sake of 2 pieces of timber and 10 minutes i always preferred to do it on every bath I fitted.
     
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    Fair enough, I might have a couple of bits lying around. Won't do any harm. But I can feel absolutely no movement when sitting on the edge of the bath :)
     
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    Make sure you back butter your tiles before laying them on your combed adhesive bed as well
     
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    Thanks yeah I just ordered a 10mm U notched trowel.

    The tiles fit left to right, but yes I have to decide which end to have a half tile, door or window end, or as you say cut both to make it symmetrical. But honestly on a narrow room I wonder if this does look better, or maybe looks worse as you have a half tile at both ends!
     
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    You will have L cuts at the door threshold, so I would leave the half tile at door end.
    Also when entering the room you'll see the window side along the bath, so I would go with full tiles there as you laid them in the picture.
    It will also be a lot easier to tile: start from that corner and work your way out of the door.
    No risk to mess what you have already done.
     
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    Yeah very good point about the L shapes in the door. I'll go with that,

    Right lets hope I don't mess it up :)
     
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