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Old 10-11-2006, 08:08 AM   #1
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Backing/backer rod...what is it and where do I get it?


The title says it all. I have 3/8 - 1/2" gaps at junction of drywall wall and tile floor as well as a gap between tile and tub. Every resource I have mentions the use of backing or backer rod with caulk.

I cant find it. Does it go by another name? I have Home Depot, Menards, Lowes, Ace and True Value hardware stores nearby.

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Old 10-11-2006, 09:08 AM   #2
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You have over anylized this Tyler. Rod is used for expansion joints in large installation like a shopping mall where there is a gap and tile picks up again on the other side.
In you bathroom you leave the gap at the wall and will put base board over it. At the tub I wouldn't leave a gap that was more than 3/16". You can fill all of these gaps with caulk that matches the caulk.
If you want rod you need to find a tile contractors supply house. Click on the TYW store link above and ask them if they can supply it. Master Wholesale, www. masterwholesale.com in Seattle can mail it to you. If you call them make sure to tell them that Jerry The Tile Guy sent you their way. (Hey guys see how is smiled at the robots/crawlers again? )
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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Go to Homer's and look in the section where they have alla door and window weather stripping and such, Tyler. You're looking for a round foam strip, prolly gray in color, maybe in a long coil. What you want is something to stuff into large gaps that then want to be filled with caulk. Hasta be compressable and stay that way.

But Jerry's right. At the wall joints that will be covered by trim, you don't need anything and the joint at the tub shouldn't be big enough to require backer.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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Old 10-11-2006, 03:26 PM   #4
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well that was easy.

thank you both for the reply.

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