When dry-fitting the tiles, I do use spacers to allow space for my grout lines. Doing these pre-install dry runs may be time consuming, but it is time well invested and it’s better to actually see the tile in place so that any adjustments can be made before installation. The initial dry run revealed my problem with the small tiles in areas away from the focal point method I was using. The compromise was using the reference point “B” on the midpoint. Even in the focal point area, I retained nearly full tiles on these edges and frankly a small width tile next to entry ways is best avoided. When we refer to odd and even,, we are referring to the number of tiles it takes to fill the length or width. 19 tiles across length and 9 across the width would be odd and odd.
Laying Out Tile Using Running Bond or Jack-On-Jack, Square or 45 Degree Angle
If I have not lost you by now, you must be about to tackle a tile job. Here is where a dry run before installation can answer more questions than any article could, lay out the tiles using various patterns and see what looks best. I love the look of a 45 degree installation, but it takes more time to install. I used a Jack-On-Jack Layout. This layout is quick and besides I can take my Bosch GTL3 Wall and Floor Covering Laser and use the laser lines to keep my tiles straight and square. In the image gallery above are some of the patterns you can use. (excuse the Captain Crayon drawings of the Layout Patterns, but hey there will be no copyright infringement issues)