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We rip out tiles in Tesco,Harrod's,Mc Donalds,Asda,etc.I never see the spaces modified,or destroyed after 10 years,but we see the plywood moldy and smelly,the plasterboard moldy,plaster destroyed.So,what is the point to take out?Guys with experience,who win the JOTM and xxxx post can explain to a newbie?Thank you in advance!Please no be offended,can you help me?
 
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Very valid point

Not really,it's a bit of plastic,probably softy than the grout we use,which a lot now are hollow,remandi ones I use are,they will move just as much as the grout IMO .

Simon ain't that Swiss Pratt is he ?
 
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to be honest boys........ get a grip......its a spacer ! enough said... if you have enough time to dedicate any brain time to take out spacers or not.... @@ !! life's far too short
 
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Ok here's a link to the other thread http://www.tilersforums.com/43-tiling-forum/65515-tile-spacers-4.html Unfortunatley the link to the TTA article (post 14 from John Benton) doesn't work any more, which is annoying as it was quite a good read. I'll see if I can find it somewhere else.

The two main points were these:- It can weaken the joint because of the lack of grout in the joint and also because the depth of grout is not the same throughout the joint, the colour shading could possibly vary i.e. the thinner the grout, the lighter it becomes.
 
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John,that's the problem, I've taken out many a bathroom,kitchen ect after years of being down, with all the spacers in,never seen a problem yet .
Does this make it right I here the few say?
Of course it does, if it's never been a problem for decades ,why should it start now ?
The internet and forums are the main culprit for this,someone can say ' I've never left a spacer in, it can make you house fall down'
2 months later it's spread around the internet and the worlds ended just cos of a little plastic spacer
I will put money on every tiler leaving spacers in a job ,especially them who have been at it like me since the 80s, when we plastered the sites( big detached) we tiled them as well, spacers left in, never a problem
 
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I just can't believe someone would actually attempt to remove a spacer that's been fully inserted, there either daft and think that's what your meant to do...or...they have too much time and I'm sorry, I just don't believe people actually do this.
 
Andy Allen

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In 32 years of tiling I've never left a spacer in..
I use spacers as pegs and only space the horizontal line.....and I've never put a spacer in a floor tile on my life just do it with stright edges and a keen eye. .
Just the way ive always done it and always will. .:thumbsup:
 
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I do either or , depends wot it is , type of tile etc etc, ufh or not if flooring.
 
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Wow, even serving you time, as a kid,never left one in, not one , hard to believe and can't be proved,but well done Andy[emoji106]
,I knew you would be the 1st to answer my question with a negative , you hate us so called multi traders with a Charles bronson kinda vengeance [emoji7][emoji8]
 
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Wow, even serving you time, as a kid,never left one in, not one , hard to believe and can't be proved,but well done Andy[emoji106]
,I knew you would be the 1st to answer my question with a negative , you hate us so called multi traders with a Charles bronson kinda vengeance [emoji7][emoji8]

We'll make a tiler out of you one day mate. .:lol:
 
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Dont get wrong I couldn't give a toss if you leave them in or take them out can't see it makes much difference.
Just saying when I started tiling most tiles were pilks or crystal and didn't need spacing wasn't till you got the influx of foreign tiles that needed spacing then you generally used pegs.....and we never used spacers on floors and I find it easier to do that way...
 
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And I've got nothing against muti traders...

I think every tiler should have one as a labourer..:lol:
 
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Ha ha love the last post andy [emoji106]
Actually i forgot about the pilkington and crystal tiles with the nibs on,horrible things,.
 
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In 32 years of tiling I've never left a spacer in..
I use spacers as pegs and only space the horizontal line.....and I've never put a spacer in a floor tile on my life just do it with stright edges and a keen eye. .
Just the way ive always done it and always will. .:thumbsup:
likewise andy.
 
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I think is just a preffered method to do the job,like tilers who use the tapes measuring and tilers who use the tiles for measure and cut.If need take out the spaces in this tiles take the same time we tiled. scoala 005.jpg scoala 006.jpg scoala 007.jpg
 
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So you have plenty of time cutting spacers....:lol:
 
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Ok then... didn't know about T spacers :sofahide:
 
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Maria Leaver

My tiler has left some of the spacers in the grout. I don't want my flashback tiles to crack. It's been 6 months- should I still try to remove the spacers or leave them in.
 
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We are having a constant battle with learners and employers of apprentices regarding leaving tile spacers in the joint. This is something I have never done on any job ( that I can remember:rolleyes5:). There are loads of YouTube vids and many pieces of literature that show the spacer in the joint but it will never state that is has to be removed (annoying :mad2: ). There are lots of reasons why it isn't acceptable. Has anyone had any experience with this, e.g., customer, site agent , Clark of works, architect or another fixer, OR tiling lecturer:eek:mg_smile:. Want side of the fence are you on!!
(apologies if this has been discussed before..)
On floors no spacers full stop every spacer placed could have been a tile instead !! Stick to your lines or lasers !!
 

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