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Old 10-29-2008, 05:11 PM   #15
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What about turning the 12x12 tiles into 4 6x6 tiles? Would that be too small?
The problem with resizing tiles is to keep the dimensions EXACT. If the resized tiles are off by much, the error will propagate over the area and there will be gaps between tiles.

Should you decide to cut tiles (I recommend a paper-cutter type of device), lay the tiles out (without glueing) in the desired area to make sure the finished appearance is pleasing.

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Old 10-29-2008, 05:28 PM   #16
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The problem with resizing tiles is to keep the dimensions EXACT. If the resized tiles are off by much, the error will propagate over the area and there will be gaps between tiles.

Should you decide to cut tiles (I recommend a paper-cutter type of device), lay the tiles out (without glueing) in the desired area to make sure the finished appearance is pleasing.

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As far as using a paper cutter...it kinda depends on the type of vinyl tiles you are cutting.

Vinyl Composition Tiles (aka VCT) like Armstrong Excelon, are much too hard for a paper cutter - they would just crumble &/or break. I think a ceramic tile cutter is more likely to be successful as it scores the tile and you can snap it. A jigsaw would be best for scrolls or curves. VCT comes in lots & lots of colors, and they are consistent throughout the tile - not patterned, but textured looking.

Vinyl Tiles or the peal-n-stick type vinyl tiles are much more thiner & flexible and could probably be cut with a paper cutter w/o dulling the blade too much. Or they can be cut with a utility knife which would be much easier for DIY scrolls & curves. Vinyl tiles are often times patterned to look like stone or wood or ceramic patterns, they are often layered with different materials.

Durability wise - VCT is much more resistant to staining &/or gouging than vinyl tiles. VCT is what you see in very heavy duty areas like grocery stores. Vinyl tiles are more residentially oriented and not as durable over time.

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I like the VCT tiles. A paper cutter would probably be inadequate for VCT, as Shari says. I wouldn't use a band saw unless you can afford to replace blades frequently. Use a fine tooth. If you try a scroll saw for straight cuts, make sure you have a sturdy fence to cut against.

I would recommend scoring and breaking. Set up a cutting jig so each tile is exactly the same width, then turn 90 degrees and cut the other dimension. Even if you score and snap, the cuts will not be as smooth as the original. Stack all the tiles in a pile, clamp them together, and block sand the cut edges to remove the rough edge. Check that the width and length is even and don't use a belt sander or you will get one side too short, then you have the problem Tom was talking about.

I've done it this way and it works.
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The trick is make sure the tiles don't move around on ya when you're making the cut. One way to do that is to glue one of the tiles in place before you make the cut.
Another, easier method is double sided tape. If you use a blad, please be careful! I've seen too many cut tendons in hands from trying to cut resilient flooring!
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I heat them up in the oven,cuts like soft butter,yes a jig to hold them and make the same size would help.

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