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12-09-2006, 11:00 AM
Is there a rule of thumb regarding the use of caulking or silicone around the joints where wall tiles meet the floor tiles in a custom shower? Is that used instead of grout? Seems we are getting some water underneath and behind the tiles near the floor. There is a lot of water force coming from body sprays, rain shower and hand shower. Any recommendations?

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the tiling Machine
12-09-2006, 12:02 PM
yes Arky you definably need to put a sealant as a silicone mould free where the walls meet the floor tiles.
Naturally the purpose is to prevent water from going underneath the floor especially in those place where expansion joint are required.
No grout please as with the time this will crack due to a movement of the two different surfaces (floor and walls).

Rd Tile
12-09-2006, 12:37 PM
Caulk or no caulk, it still shouldn't leak, if it does leak, you have other issues.:)

Tool Guy - Kg
12-09-2006, 12:40 PM
Hi Arky, welcome to the forum.

They said it, you have issues here. Can you tell us more about the construction of the shower? There are plenty of patient folks around here that will help you determine if other things are going on here that you need to be aware of.

Is this a new shower?


EDIT: Hi Arky, I just noticed you have another thread going on this same project about the pinholes. You'll do yourself and everyone else a favor by keeping it all together on one thread. I'd recommend using this one from here on in, as it seems more appropriate to the project. Ask as many quesitons as you like.