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Old 01-12-2002, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hi everyone:

I'll be spending my weekend repairing the grout in my shower, and I'll be pondering this question:

How is caulk different from grout? What are the appropriate applications for each?

And, more specific to my project--do I use caulk between the bottom-most row of tiles and the plastic shower pan? Or does that get grout, too?

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Old 01-12-2002, 10:58 AM   #2
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Hi Sandra,

Grout is cement, the original stuff between the tiles. Caulking is flexible -- gooey when wet and like rubber when dry.

You would use grout between the tiles and caulking down by the shower base.

But when grout falls out there is always a reason, and often that reason is moisture which has gotten into the material behind the tiles. If that material is sheetrock (wallboard), you may want to do a little more than re-grouting. At the very least you need to let everything dry out thoroughly before you apply the new materials. It could take a few days.
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