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Unread 05-10-2009, 10:03 AM   #1
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Dal field tile cove base not for use in commercial applications?

I am working on a commercial restaurant buildout, and I used Dal's white 6x6 field tile for a few rows at the floor of the bathrooms. Code requires cove base here for commercial baths & kitchens.

When I went to pick up another batch of tile, the Dal folks told me that their bullnosed cove base does meet health board requirements, but the stackable cove base (flat top) does not meet code because the shape of the cove is too steep where it meets the floor.

Here's the question: have any of you folks failed your inspection due to using this non-compliant Dal cove base? I'm really hoping I can avoid pulling this row...

Thanks for any insights you pros can offer.
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Unread 05-10-2009, 10:12 AM   #2
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your only chance it to make the job look good and see if it fails.
hopefully it will go overlooked by the inspector.
I always question the base detail in bathrooms when I tile a restaurant.
most area's it's just in food prep area's but some have it in bathrooms.
some places we do have a top mount bullnose or wall tile set on the floor.
thats when I send an RFI to the GC confirming this from the architect.
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Unread 05-10-2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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I've done more commercial bathrooms using the flat top base at the bottom of tile walls than I can remember. In fact, it's rare that I've used cove in residential work at all.

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