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Unread 05-31-2022, 10:46 PM   #1
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Grout line is off. Is this negligible?

Hey guys,

This is my first tile job and I did not catch that one of my subway tiles was out of level just a bit. Turns out to be just under 1/16” high on one side. (I have 1/8” spacers/grout lines)

Am I being too worrisome about this being off and taking away from the quality of my install?

Hoping to get some advice/reassurance from the experienced guys here on what to expect from this minor imperfection.

P.S. - In the picture, the tile in question is in the second row from top, first tile on left.

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Unread 06-01-2022, 07:24 AM   #2
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Can't see it in this picture? Maybe a picture farther back as well.
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Unread 06-01-2022, 09:23 AM   #3
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It's hard to get a perspecitive on it from the photo but I think you just fix the next row on top and move on.
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Unread 06-01-2022, 04:14 PM   #4
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Here is a bigger picture. The tile that I set out of level is the second tile from the left/middle tile in the row below the laser.
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Unread 06-01-2022, 05:39 PM   #5
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Truthfully, I don't think it's anything to stress over.....
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Unread 06-01-2022, 07:53 PM   #6
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Grout line is off. Is this negligible?
Negligible and less. Move on.
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Unread 06-01-2022, 08:06 PM   #7
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If the grout is similar in color to the tile, you'll never see it.
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Unread 06-02-2022, 06:35 PM   #8
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If you're worried about the larger red circle not lining up I'd say the other red circle shows that the tile itself shows to not be perfectly true, since the tile the smaller red circle is highlighting is even at the bottom. Like others have stated, it wont be an issue after grout and a week or two go by.... you'll be hunting to find it after you forget about it.
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Unread 06-04-2022, 02:20 PM   #9
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Looks good

You should see the job and lines that a hired "pro" just did for me. I wish his work looked like this. You're good here, especially if you'll be using white grout. You'll never see it.
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Unread 06-04-2022, 06:08 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the reassurance and perspective. I take pride in the work I do and want it to look good. So it’s good to hear from the guys who do this often.
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Unread 06-05-2022, 05:00 PM   #11
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Tile Edging/Finish Solutions

Hello again,

I'm having trouble deciding on a finish that I'm happy with for my opposite-of-fixture wall where it transitions to drywall.

The tile backerboard sits 7/16" farther out than the rest of the shared wall(drywall). ***pictured in IMG4005, 4006, & 4007***

I planned on installing 2" x 6" mud caps to cover the raised transition AND for the mud caps to be plumb with the beam above. ***pictured in IMG4008***

Unfortunately I failed to foresee that the grout lines for these mud caps are going to be inconsistent with my 4" x 10" tiles which have true measurements of 4 5/16" x 9 7/8". ***pictured in IMG4018***

I have googled similar subway tile installs like mine that have used these mud caps but they either have inconsistent grout lines with their main subway tile OR they have the caps/trim tile pieces offset evenly with their main tile.

I cannot do the latter since this manufacturer doesn't sell a different length/size mud cap of this type of tile/color. They do however, sell a 3/4" x 6" tile quarter round.

Another option I thought about was to cut the mud caps down to 4 5/16" and follow the main tile grout lines all the way down the transition OR similarly do the same with their 3/4" x 6" quarter round tile trim.

Along this same process, I thought about cutting the quarter round or the mud caps down to 5 3/4" which equals 1 1/3 of the main tile. So then I would have a consistency of 1 & 1/3rd tile with the occasional shared grout line every 4 or so tiles. i.e. 1/3rd of 4 5/16" is 1 7/16" then add that to 4 5/16" which equals 5 3/4"

The option suggested to me at the tile store was to use back to back Schluter Jolly PVC Bright White L-profiles. One facing towards the drywall and the next installed for the tile exposed edge. ***pictured in IMG 4009, 4010, 4011***

I'm not completely sold on this idea because it's kind of a bulky finish and there's a seam between the two profiles.

Then last but not least, I searched schluters website through and through and found a step profile that is a "T" with an anchoring leg. One side of the T being 1/2" and the other side 7/16". But it only comes in stainless steel and it's $97 MSRP.

So all in all, I'm hoping to find something that obviously flows/looks good with my main tile, something to transition from my raised backer board while also being able to finish plumb to the beam above.

What do ya'll think?

Thanks guys!
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Unread 06-05-2022, 05:22 PM   #12
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Hi Vern, It's normal when mudcap joints don't line up with the field tiles.
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What color grout are you using, Vern?

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Unread 06-05-2022, 10:41 PM   #14
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Bubba, It’s the “Smokey grey” of Laticrete’s Spectralock 1. So medium darkish.
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Then it’s going to look exactly like it does now with the shadow line observed in the picture.

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