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Unread 11-15-2004, 09:46 PM   #1
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Do you caulk or grout infont of tub?

If I remember right you use colored caulk right? If so, will it hide all the imperfections in my cuts? I don't know why, but my darn tile saw doesn't cut straight??? either that or the tub is not put in straight.

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Unread 11-15-2004, 10:17 PM   #2
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Tubs are rarely straight. Usually they are curved, bowed, etc. Caulk is the right choice.
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Unread 11-15-2004, 10:23 PM   #3
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What Jay said.

Most tubs ain't sold as straight and even tubs that are sold as straight ain't.
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Unread 11-15-2004, 11:03 PM   #4
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Darla,

If your tub is on straight and the cart is tracking OK one thing you might want to check is if you have the right blade for the tile that you are cutting. Or, if the blade needs to be dressed/sharpened after much use. You can use a paver, cement block, or dressing stick to clean up the blade and try cutting again.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 07:08 AM   #5
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Don't matter whether the tub is straight or curved or your cuts are true, you caulk between tub and tile.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 08:11 AM   #6
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Darla, perhaps i could interst you in a really nice replacement for your future tilework.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 10:31 AM   #7
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Question Caulk and Grout

Since caulk often peels away, is it alright to grout and then caulk over it? Or wait till it cracks then caulk over it?

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If your caulk often peels away, I'd take a good guess that your surfaces weren't clean and dry or you're using an inferior product. You can't really get away with anything less than 100% silicone.
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Unread 11-16-2004, 11:19 AM   #9
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Question

Just referring to what I've seen happen in homes. Haven't grouted/caulked yet.

So 100% silicone should just stay there forever like grout, won't have to worry about it pulling away and letting water get through? cause I usually am not thinking about the caulk around my tub.

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Unread 11-17-2004, 11:02 PM   #10
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100% silicon is hard to use...and hard to wipe clean. Seems like most tile stores sell some type of colored acrylic caulk. Is that good enough for the tub area?
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won't have to worry about it pulling away and letting water get through?
No, you don't wanna grout there. And you're not caulking there to keep water out. The reason for caulk in that joint instead of grout is to allow for movement. It's the same reason you leave a gap between the tile floor and the wall; the difference is that the wall joint is usually covered by baseboard or shoe moulding. At the tub, you caulk the joint to fill it and to make it look nice. You can't depend upon caulk to keep moisture from penetrating the floor - if you want a waterproof floor, you gotta do other stuff.

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Unread 11-17-2004, 11:21 PM   #12
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right, expansion joints are finally sinking in today.

what's the "other stuff" you gotta do?

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Unread 11-18-2004, 01:44 AM   #13
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Install some type of waterproof membrane system.
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