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Old 05-05-2011, 10:04 AM
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going to start tiling the kitchen and living room, what should i use to cut around molding/trim work around doors ? will a flexible saw do the trick ? or would an angle grinder/multi tool be better ?
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If you mean cutting the tile...you should borrow or rent a wet saw. If you get all the full pieces done you can save the cut ones for last and just rent it for a day. Using a dry angle grinder on a bunch of tile is very dusty and usually ends up messing up the tile pretty good with chips(again I have no idea what type of tile you are putting down) Spend the $60 bucks and it will be worth renting it.
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shoe mouldings - , mop boards ,door trim are removed before tileing - then replaced after grouting and sealing are complete

tile in the liveing room ????
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google "jamb saw"

My local home depot rents them.
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Since you've already got three of the four options, I might as well give you the fourth. If you have to ask "how to" then maybe you should consider hiring a pro to do the job.
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tile in the liveing room ????
Ever been to Florida or Texas? Tile everywhere. Big tile like 21" for living spaces. First floor in particular where we have slabs.
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thanks for the replies everyone,,dead horse,tiling over a concrete slab, not at all unusual down here (fla).garet, im real handy, i'm a long time DIY and have done many projects around the house. im going to take the advice of taking off the 1/4 round and moulding around the door frames and on the walls,its need to be replaced anyways, looking pretty ratty..
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Are you familiar with the John Bridge Tile forums? It's a great resource for DIY tilers.
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know florida well - lived in pompano beach -

i didnt realize it was florida- most floors are tarazzo. -
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Pull the quarter round and rent a jamb saw to make life easier going around the doors.
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the quarter round is called --shoe molding

when cutting door jambs - be sure saw is horizontal to floor -
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http://www.harborfreight.com/power-t...ool-67537.html
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Not for nothing but I just did the bathroom, I rented the tile saw for one day and I just used a jigsaw with a tile blade to take of any small trimmings. That worked for me... I live in Daytona we have zero carpet in the house tile or laminate only.....
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if you are going over concrete then look into Ditra, instead of backer board. Concrete cracks and moves, and the ditra will prevent the tiles from splitting.

As for cutting the tiles, wet saw, and a grinder with a tile blade on it. All you need.
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You are going to want to undercut all the door trim. If your on a budget, just get a japanese style handsaw from Depot (shark saw?) and lay it on top of a tile plus a piece of cardboard to simulate the thinset height

You can cut the jambs the same way. A Fein tool or the Harbor Freight version will do the same thing much faster. The ultimate will be the jamb saw, but its a bit tricky to use. (basically a circular saw laying on its side).

The baseboard could be undercut, or pop it off and lay it back on top of tile. If your in a hurry, lay up to it and grout it in, but it could crack against the baseboard when the building moves slightly.
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great advice !!!! thanks again.i bet terrazzo floors would be expensive to do nowadays,my parents old house in boca raton had terrazzo ,i always remember how they would shine after mom would clean and polish the floor
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Jamb saw for an hour or two will do the trick.
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Jamb saw! Remove the shoe mold or quarter round if you have it at the bottom of the baseboard, reinstall after the tile is down. If it was carpet before, you probably won't have the shoemold. Buy some and install. The Jamb saws you rent should be adjustable so you can adjust to the height you need for tile plus setting material. Take your time, dry cut all your tile first, this will make life much easier when you go to lay it. Have fun!
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A multi-tool works great for jambs. The Fein is worth the money and useful for tons of stuff. The blades are damn expensive though.
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Wrong, 1/4 round is exactly that 1/4 of a circle. Shoemold is not, it is taller than it is wide!
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the quarter round is called --shoe molding

when cutting door jambs - be sure saw is horizontal to floor -

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