09-08-2011 04:32 PM - edited 11-04-2011 02:36 PM
Today I've got a quick blog for you all on a really easy tip to help with laying out your new room for tiling.
Now aside from actually getting your hands dirty and gluing the tile down; laying out how the floor will run can be one of the most crucial steps to your new flooring installation. Setting the pace with the first tile will either create that gorgeous look you envisioned or it will set you up for a very crooked floor.
Last week I had a customer in the store who was a bit unsure about how he was laying out his tile. We'd worked together previously to pick out the tile itself, and I made sure to let him know to do a dry-layout first. He'd run into a bit of a snag when doing his chalk lines though, as they didn't quite look square.
In the picture above is the floorplan for a common bathroom. What I have done is found the center of the two opposing walls and marked them using the blue line that goes down the middle of each. This breaks the room into a smaller grid, and into 4 even sections...right?
Well... not always...
Even with the most accurate of tape measures, things can come out a bit off. Aside from going back and redoing all the measurements, there is a quick way to check if your center point is perfectly square.
In the picture above, you'll notice the triangle that I've created. This is the basis for what's known as the 3-4-5 Method.
- Starting from the center point, measure down 3 feet on one line, and 4 feet on the other, making a mark at each point. If you're really in a pinch for room, you can substitute the feet for cm or inches if you really need. But keep the numbers constant.
- When you measure from mark to mark, you should see that it equals 5 feet (in, cm, etc..). If it does, then you know you've created a square area! If not, then redo your chalk lines and try again.
Takes you back to High School math class doesn't it? Who would imagine we'd actually use all that information in real life!
Just a quick tip that I learned awhile back from a tile pro, that hopefully you all can find a use for in your home projects!~
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