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Correctly calculating the placement of the first tile is the key to a successful tile installation.
Determine the longest run of the room. Measure from the outside wall to the center of this run and make a mark. Then go further down the outside wall and make another mark at the same distance from the wall.
Use these marks to snap a line the full length of the room. This line should be parallel to the outside wall. This line will be your reference mark to begin tiling. To set the line, spray it with hairspray.
Dry fit the tiles from the center line to the outside wall to determine where the first row of full tiles will be and to determine if and where you will have to cut tiles. Make a mark, transfer this same measurement down the wall and make another mark. Snap another chalk line using these two marks.
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