Tiles breaking when cut: Reasonable excuse?

My tiler says that in two places around my bath that he wasn't able to tile because when they tried to cut the tiles for the thinner space, they kept breaking. So they just used grout instead. I don't think this looks good as it is probably something like two inches in width and I am thinking it will also catch more damp (one of the areas is on a flat area by the window). I am wondering if they could have used a different tile or pieces of tile in those spaces just to make sure it had some tiling and not just a ton of grout. What would a tiler normally do in this situation?

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Sorry to say there is NO excuse for not being able to cut a tile because its to small and breaks.
no.1 if you set out your wall and your cuts before hand you wont get any very small cuts.
no.2 you can cut tiles down to 4-5mm thick if you know what your doing and have the right tools.
31st Jan 2020
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Tim the tiler
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Sounds like bad workmanship I am afraid. There is no excuse for not making small cuts or worked out at the beginning where the tiles would of sat so that you would not have required a small piece. As you mentioned the grout does not look good, I do not think in terms of damp will be a problem but may need to keep an eye on it, Cheers Tim
31st Jan 2020
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Paul Lakeman
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Measure up a tile, 2 inches won't break on a tile cutter so cut carefully with an angle grinder and with some TLC ensure it looks finished, it'll grout up fine with silicone beading to finish.
2nd Feb 2020
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OD Tiling Ltd
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This is a prime example of poor setting out before tiling... If the tiler had set out the job properly then he would have checked for any small cuts and adjusted for this. This is the basics of tiling.... setting out!!!
11th Feb 2020
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There’s always a way around it cutting a small bit tile. Tiles itself are quite delicate and can break very easy when cutting a fine piece due to it not having much strength in it. The best way is to it is to use a manual tile cutter and score where it needs to be cut then use an angle grinder to cut out the section and if it breaks it will break on where the line has been scored rather than the small fine piece that is needed
9th Feb 2020
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stoneworks ltd
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Your Tiler is 'Not a tiler' if he cannot cut a 2inch slither ? its not your fault, furthermore to think that filing gap that size with grout is acceptable is ridiculous,obviously poorly laid out to start with if room has slithers around.
a decent wet saw or angle grinder with a decent blade can cut 5mm slithers if needed ,but really if more attention to layout was done this would not be a issue,and you shouldn't have slithers in room. I feel for you, and dread to think what else is wrong based on above comments.
19th Feb 2020
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What I would do is take a big breath and resign to the fact that I need to go and get the wet cutter.
Except that maybe the time this will take is not considered by the tiler to be worthy of the price quoted?
22nd Feb 2020
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