Tile spacer advice please

Discussion in 'Tilers' Talk' started by diymostthings, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

    About to start tiling my shower room. (It's been properly boarded out with "Jackoboard" insulated backer board - dot and dab on masonry, with the specified washers and masonry screws).

    Looking at the wall tiles we bought, I noticed that the edges are not square through the thickness of the tile but slightly tapered and wider at the back than the front (Presumably so the tiles can be removed from the mold when made). In fact when the tiles are butted up there is a gap of about 1mm along the front faces with the back faces touching.

    So if I use tile spacers (I would like a 3mm grout width), depending on where the tile spacer "sits" within the thickness of the tile, I will get different spacings (up to 1mm) at the front.

    Q1: How important is it therefore to put all the spacers at the same depth?

    Q2: What are the best spacers to use? (I have seen some with all sorts of flashing from the moulding still in place and others which are perforated and change width if you squeeze them!).

    Thanks for any replies or comments.
  2. dobbie

    dobbie Well-Known Member

  3. diymostthings

    diymostthings Well-Known Member

  4. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    Get some wedges as well so you can make small adjustments if needs be.

    Time well spent getting the first row level and straight. keep checking as you go up each row using your level as a straight edge.
  5. Wayners

    Wayners Well-Known Member

    I always carry window packers for tiling. 1mm, 2mm, 4mm. Mixed bag is cheap enough and well handy
  6. Severntrent

    Severntrent Active Member

    Things are so high tech these days, what happened to using match sticks:)
  7. Wayners

    Wayners Well-Known Member

    Or spaghetti
  8. rogerk101

    rogerk101 Well-Known Member

    I bought myself a box of 100 tile spacers about 25 years ago and have tiled at least 4 kitchens and 8 bathrooms using them. I retrieve them just before grouting or as soon as the tile adhesive has gone off.
    Call me tight, but why leave them buried in the grout when they can live to serve another tiling job?
    longboat likes this.
  9. LEH

    LEH Active Member

    seen it all before likes this.
  10. Richard_

    Richard_ Active Member

    Another vote for spacers used as pegs.
  11. Russel

    Russel New Member

    You cant go wrong with little red wedges , combined with the spacer of your choice.

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