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09-13-2001, 08:23 AM
Using Blanke edge trim with ceramic wall tile since bull nose not available.

Should I butt tile flush with edge or leave a space for grout? Previously used only bull nose tiles hence the question.

I note that when a space is left the plastic of the trim adhering to the CBU prevents the grout from "tieing" to the substrate. Presumably this would be a less durable than a completely encased grout and leading me to conjecture that butting to the edge without a grouting space would be equally satisfactory. Aesthetically no space appears preferable.

Any thoughts? Or is this a six of one situation?

Thanks, oh wise ones for your continued help. Hopefully someday I'll be able to provide same to other non-pros.

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John Bridge
09-13-2001, 04:13 PM
I've not used that trim, but I presume it's like Schluter. I'd try for no grout at all. If you feel you need something, use caulking, O wise Wally. :)

09-13-2001, 05:34 PM
Well..schluter has now put a little tab of plastic on their trim to make sure ther is a space for grout against the edge of the strip. I personally don't like it, but they make all their trim that way the must know something..or they would't have changed the design. In a wet area I like to caulk that joint.


John Bridge
09-13-2001, 06:49 PM
Hey Bri, I mean BRIan. If you like that, why don't you put it into a signature in your profile? That way you don't have to type it each time.

And I saw that little groove in the Schluter. It does caulk up really nice, or looks okay left empty, too, if you manage to get all your cuts square and close, which is tough.

Rob Z
09-13-2001, 07:51 PM
Wally and BRI

Help me learn something here...what is blank edge trim? From the context of the reference to Schluter, I'm guessing it's like Schluter Schiene?

If so, I do grout the void. And I try to start with full tiles at the Schiene, if possible.


09-13-2001, 08:30 PM
I guess we should all call it "plastic tile trim" so we all know what we're talking about(most times I don't)...yeah.I'm with you...full tile against looks best...and I also grout it in(if you don't the client always ask's why you didn't)but I use caulk in tub areas,just in case it shows a hairline crack against the trim and the tile.


Rob Z
09-13-2001, 08:43 PM
Bri, Agreed...


As you decide whether to caulk or grout such a trim, consider whether movement will be an issue. As Bri said, caulk around a tub is good, but at a doorway grout will be okay.

I have tried to caulk next to thresholds in the past, and don't like the results much.

If using the trims in place of bullnose (your original Q, I just noticed), I would grout them.

My apologies for wandering, I had a frustrating day of work followed by to much beer.


09-14-2001, 05:30 AM

Re blank edge, it's Blanke, a German competitor of Schluter; Blanke doesn't provide a space for grouting like, I now Just learned, Schluter does.

Wow, it's my first contribution to provide info to a pro. Hooray, I'm no longer a virgin.

Rob Z
09-14-2001, 07:22 AM
Hey Wally

You're now part of the John Bridge Club! Congrats!


John Bridge
09-14-2001, 02:37 PM

Please send Wally our usual welcome package, will you?

Rob Z
09-14-2001, 08:44 PM
No problemo.

Wally, you win an autographed JB mug and JB commemorative trowel. You also win a six pack of your favorite beer.

(your six pack may arrive with a few "empties")