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Posted by tomh on June 24th, 2004 08:45 PM
In reply to re: yes, cut tile by Mike on June 24th, 2004 08:25 PM [Go to top of thread]

I think we have your answer. Deflection means the floor bends. It is weaker around the toilet flange because there is a big hole cut there, and often a seam, for the same reason you placed the cement board seams there. As a result of this weaker area, the floor deflects or bends, and that is what caused the rigid tile to break.

I seriously doubt you did anything wrong in installing the floor, and I would be surprised to see anything else give. At least this one cracked tile is hidden.

This has been a good post, and makes us aware of where floors can be weaker, and the importance of avoiding intersecting seams in those areas. I would not have thought of it.

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