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Unread 02-14-2020, 12:22 PM   #1
Tony Dziedzic
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Framing for alcove tub (tile above) - how much extra width?

I'm tearing out an old fiberglass tub-shower unit, which will be replaced with an alcove tub with tile above and to the floor along the front apron of the tub. The wet wall is framed approx. 34" wide.

If a 32" wide tub is installed in this area that leaves about 2" of space from the face of the apron to the edge of the framed wall. Is that enough space (width) for tile to run to the floor, or should I add a couple of inches to the width of the wet wall? We'll be using a tile that's about 3"x9" (horizontal).
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Up to you, there's no real standard for that. If you want a larger piece of tile add to it. Around 2-3" is pretty common
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Unread 02-14-2020, 09:53 PM   #3
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Welcome back, Tony.

I'd want more than two inches for a tub leg, but as Ryan points out, there is no standard for what you're asking. Adding at least another 2x4 to that framing would be my recommendation.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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Unread 02-15-2020, 07:24 AM   #4
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Thanks, appreciate the guidance!

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