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Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
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Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 20 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The only hearths i`ve ever put down have been one piece Slate or Blue Pennant Sandstone and old type quarry tiles all cemented down.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 20 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

heat resistant adhesive, good spacing, heat resistant grout

or

press them into a decent thickness of lime and cement mortar, screeded flat inside a frame to shutter the outside edges
level them with a board, grout when set

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6889
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 20 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thank you both.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 20 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ps if you are playing with tiles do a "dry"layout first

cutting as you go is a nightmare even for those who do it regularly

if you need to cut do you have access to water cooled wheel cutter?
they work far better than scratch and snap

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7074
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 20 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Good advice, does a good job, keeps the dust down, easy to use...earmuffs advisable

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5787
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 20 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I only needed to cut two tiles for our stove's hearth, and I ended up buying a tile cutting wheel for my angle grinder. Wore a good mask and did it outside, easy peasy clean line and no need to rent a wetsaw.
We were just making a rectangle with dimensions of the tiles as guides, however. Might not be worth it for lots of fiddly cuts to squeeze into an old fireplace.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 20 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Funny you should mention those things DPack. Mrs C and I were only talking at weekend about laying the tiles out before I lay them as they are all different patterns and colours, so we want a good mix.

I was also talking to a lady at work a few weeks ago about laying a hearth and she said she had a wet tile cutter I could borrow. So it's sat in our house now just waiting to be used.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 20 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



have a practice before you go for the important ones

it is messy so outside is good as is decent ppe

i cut jet with my one, that is very messy, black/brown splatter is rather victorian black and red devil from whitby

the glaze on tiles can do good shrap in an eye, but any tile can do chunks
most will cut nicely with nowt worse than some slurry spray

put enough water in it
use a push stick if you need to cut close to the disk
be careful of sleeves, hair etc

when you measure and/or dry fit allow for the width of the disk, most take about 3 to 5 mm as a bite
you need to measure to the side of that line

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 20 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks DPack. That advice is much appreciated.

Pictures will follow once I'm done.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 20 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Finally finished the fireplace. Just a few touch ups after the install this morning but I'm really pleased with the final finish.

Thank you for all your help everyone. I wouldn't have had the confidence to do it without your advice.



dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 20 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

well done, that looks nice and functional

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 20 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Very smart.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 20 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The arch really sets it off..far more pleasing than a straight line!

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 20 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nice one

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 20 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Very nice. If that is a new stove, they suggest a small fire to begin with to cure the paint off properly. It will smell horrid at first, but the smell fades after a few days.

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