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Unread 01-08-2003, 09:07 PM   #1
Scott Michael
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Question Installing bullnose in place of a baseboard

I lurked, I came, I tiled. After putting down about 200 sq. ft. of tile in two upstairs bathrooms, for a first project, I feel pretty sore. This weekend, I need to install the 3"x12" bullnose tile that matches the field tiles. The bullnose will be used as the baseboard for each bathroom.

The question, do I need to leave space between the tiles (on the wall) for grout or can I just butt each piece up to the next one? Do I need the grout for structural support (I would think not) or can I just go with aesthetics?

Here is the crude ascii drawings:

choice a) with grout


+-------------+ G +-----------+
+ + G + +
+-------------+ G +-----------+


where G = grout joint

choice b) abutted


+-----------++-----------+
+ ++ +
+-----------++-----------+

-Scott

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Unread 01-08-2003, 09:23 PM   #2
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It looks good if you can line up the joints on the floor with the joints in the baseboard. Is this possible?
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Unread 01-08-2003, 10:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Brian for the response. Yes, I can definitely line up the grout joints with the joints on the floor. That was actually the third option. I guess the real question is is the grout joint required between bullnose tiles.

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Hi Scott,

In tile setting the joint would be required. In your bathroom you're the boss. I would follow Bri's approach. Line the joints and use the grout.
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Unread 01-09-2003, 10:42 PM   #5
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Thanks John for the input. I will go with the grout joint between the bullnose pieces.

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