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  1. Hi all, I have been offline for a month or so ...struggling to get the exterior of the house complete ... almost there ...will the weather catch up with me for 2018 ....sadly i think it might (sigh) But anyway we have been cracking along with the internal ....boarding upstairs is done and the electrics and plumbing are done on first fix ... I DPM-ed, vapoured and insulated the Beam and block and then finished with a slip sheets and last week the Plumbers installed the nu-heat UFH system and tested it ...all good so far! the screeders are coming wednesday and they are laying a grit sand and cement screed I have 16 tonnes of sharp and 80 bags of the grey stuff standing by !! But it has got me thinking about tiles ! ..well i KNOW the wife is looking at basically the ENTIRE downstairs tiled in large 300x400mm tiles that are 9mm thick ... Now ...I have had various advice ....stuff like use special grout use special adhesive use a separation or decoupling membrane dont tile for 2 months as it needs to dry as rooms are different zones it will CRACK at door openings and you need "gaps" Is there any truth to any of this ....and what can you advise PS Floor is Beam and Block with 1200 micron DPM, 500DPM Barrier/Slip, 90mm Kinspan TF Insulation with 60mm external and 25mm internal upstands and screed is set to be at 70/75mm PPSThose are temporary stairs (in case you are puzzled)..that is actually a solid wall the REAL stairs will run in from the hall
  2. I have been looking at tiles over recent weeks and keep getting drawn to images of mosaic tiles made by a Spanish company, Dune. However, no matter where I look, they all seem to be exactly the same price (for one of them, poeme, they are £24.72 per sheet). Is there any super secret sneakily cheap supplier of these that anyone knows about? Is it worth trying to track them down in Spain and import tiles from there? I think the latter may be a non-starter as I'm not sure I will need/be able to afford sufficient of these to justify the transport costs. Incidentally, I know that Porcelanosa usually have a sale around October time, but does anyone know if this tends to be early or late in the month?
  3. Ed_MK

    Brick Slips

    Well as we move into costing (while i wait for final Building regs to be done) I have discovered a strange enigma "Brick Slips" Our house design has copious brick slip cladding, but a REAL brick chimney planned. But ALL the bricklayers we have spoken to don't do them, never heard of them, suggest tilers, and all the tilers we have spoken to (some recommended) have never done them either ...but are prepared to "have a bash, for cash" ?! Now the company that sells these is http://www.brickslips.net/ I have contacted them for a list of their recommended installers in the SE ...tumble weed time! I guess they only want to sell and not get involved with recommending Does anyone have any experience of these, just to give you an example ...Brick slips or Brick Tiles as some call them: here is a video of them going on (although I am not sure this will be the applicable way on our Timber SIPS Potton build
  4. Hi, Tilers started on our en suite today where we have splashed out on marble tiles, something I have never dealt with before. Builder immediately had them stop as the colours looked odd. All the boxes of tiles have the same batch number/shade number but there are lots of different shades. They spoke to the supplier who said that they are supposed to be mixed. I only heard about it tonight. Before I speak to the supplier, is this normal for marble tiles? They are a natural product so I guess you get variation, but this looks pretty extreme.
  5. We were set to buy engineered wood flooring and tiles for our ground floor when our builder told me his brother had laid Karndean flooring of “wood” and” tiles “ in his own house and he could not tell it from the real stuff. I have always thought “ pretend” flooring would never look like the real stuff. We also have UFH and been told Karndean is better than wood for this anyway. The wear layer on Karndean is only 0.4mm but it will never need re treating ( like wood) so with care will need no maintenance. A big dilemma for us, I would like to hear your opinions on this matter please folks ?.
  6. Can anyone give advice on cleaning our kitchen tiles in our renovation. We had thought we would replace them so I have been mixing cement and plaster and not worrying about any splashes, but now the OH wants to keep them. They appear to be stuck down with concrete as I have been trying to chisel them up in one corner with no luck. I can clean them with usual stuff but its the splashes of cement I am thinking about. Is there a heavy duty cleaner anyone can recommend? We plan to start on the kitchen soon so will be clearing all the units away and planning the new layout.
  7. Okay, we have the walls and floor in our bathroom now - and the bath is being fitted tomorrow. Its now time for me to start tiling the walls. I think I have identified the ceramic tiles - from a local tile shop around £21 per m2. But are there any recommendations for tile ahesive? I have seen some which say waterproof and some shower resistant. The chap at Topps Tiles said I need to add something to the mix to make the adhesive waterproof. We have used moisture resistant PB so I do want to make sure the adhesive and grout is as waterproof as I can. and there seems to be a huge range to choose from. So any pointers in the right direction would be appreciated.
  8. Our en-suite and main bathroom will both be wet rooms. I have identified the wet room formers for the 2 shower areas, they are 22mm thick, but for reasons of budget (lack of) I am not buying them yet. I do however want to floor most of the rooms. So what 22mm thick floor boarding for a wet room, suspended on Posijoists at 600mm centres? Is it as simple as P5 chipboard, or something more exotic?
  9. Hello all Can anyone give me any idea for floor tiling labour only. I have 180sqm of 600x600 porcelain tiles to go down and have had scary quote of £50 a metre labour only to lay. Many thanks Liz sorry forgot to say Im near Stratford upon Avon
  10. Help anyone, just been advised by one of the tilers providing a quote that the UFH system needs to be powered and tested prior to laying floor tiles to reduce the risk of cracking. The frame is MBC with MBC laid pipes but looking to get tiles / kitchen in asap but power not expected until early December so dependancies are creating a problem. 1) is cracking really a risk for this type of insulated floor? 2) is there a way to power test / heat cycle the UFH on temporary power? 3) Any other options / ideas?