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    Question Help with shower base tile cuts

    Hi All,

    This one has me beat. Unfortunately the position of my drain is just a smidge too far away from the grout line to make clean cuts in the middle 300x300 tile.

    Looking for some advice on the most cleanest way to make the cuts in the middle tile. I'm hoping to not have to cut the remainder of the tiles. The pencil marks are where I'm thinking the cuts will have to be, but I think the LHS section will be too small to cut with the diamond blade without breaking.

    Unfortunately I couldn't centre the drain due to the beam running directly through the middle. I could cut the screed and rotate the square drain if that would help.

    Thanks in advance

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    I suspect you can do this with just the cuts to the corners of the waste, but how are the rest of the floor tiles for fall?

    It might have been simpler if you started on the diagonal.

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    Yeah, I'm guessing that's my only option.

    Remainder of the fall is fine throughout the screed. 2.5-3 degree slope.

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    What you pencilled is not going to look good, without me thinking too hard about this, consider the tile layout to have no cuts around the waste. Could offset the pattern so part of each tile faces up against the waste fully without a cut. It means cutting-in tiles around the perimeter but to my eye would look a whole lot tidier.

    There would be slight mis-alignment to the smart waste but with minimal slope, it won't be perceived.

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    Imo having a tile laypout like this really devalues your property.
    Tile the recess on a 45 degree not only will you get rid of those cuts around the waste but also the lips in your tiling.

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    do it like I did mine, looks better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    do it like I did mine, looks better.
    nice job wozz

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    +1 for 45deg.

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    I wish I could have done 45s but the other bathroom is done the same. Went through 14 tiles trying to get the thin cut but it was too narrow and kept splitting.

    Not overly happy with the result considering the remainder of my work is top notch.

    Short of pulling up both shower bases to go at 45s, I'll have to live with it.

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    Is it too late to put a strip drain instead with an offset outlet, this way you can fall entire floor towards either the wall or under the door (if it's frame less) or in the middle and fall both ends towards this point, will look a lot tidier.
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    I don't like cuts in floor tiles but this one really doesn't look that bad nath, once you get the grate in & grouted up it'll be fine
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    Neither do I mate - remainder of my tiling looks fantastic, disappointing that I didn't think a little further ahead with the drain placement. Lessons learnt.

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