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Unread 01-01-2008, 09:35 AM   #1
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Question the tile work is done, but have questions

We got our bathroom tiled by a contractor just before the xmas. It was a busy holiday week so we didn't watch the contractor work, only to check back to paid the guy. We like the work, but my wife have question a few "spot" which I am in no position to answer.

So I turn to the web! Everyone seem to have different opinion regard to "caulk or not to caulk"
some say to caulk when change plan and material as general rule.
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Generally you dont grout where the tile meets the tub, or even the vertical corners of the shower. These area's should get caulked.

The grout wont adhere to the tub very well, and that area sees a lot of water, so without caulk, the water can work it's way in and over the lip of the tub.

Q 1) should down spout be caulk? ours have little gap. see photo attached.


Q 2) should corner be caulk only? because our contractor did "both" (grout & caulk)


Q 3) instead of using a matching caulk, our contractor uses clear caulk. Is this okay? we like the clear look, not sure why contractor didn't use matching color thu.

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Unread 01-01-2008, 09:41 AM   #2
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Hello, Helloworld!

1) It should be caulked, but some folks leave a small gap at the very bottom to allow any leakage to be visible.

2) Caulk only.

3) If he grouted, then caulked over the grout, he probably thought he was doing a good thing by using clear caulk, so the grout color would show through.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 09:48 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome. Grouting the vertical corners is controversial. Some grout and some caulk. It's not a right or wrong issue, even though the Tile Council of North America says it is.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 10:02 AM   #4
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thax!

thanks for the super fast reply.
forums has soooo much information it's hard to dig it out. I also found some suggest plumbers putty for bigger gap. We are just worry the water will get behind the wall from the spout.

can't seem to insert link so I'll paste the suggest for uses of putty. sounds okay?

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had the same concerns as you. I took plumbers putty and rolled a nice rope of it and put it in between the foam strip and the outside edge except for a fingers width at the bottom. The foam strip usually is open at the bottom also. with the spout do the same thing, running a nice bead around the whole spout. It works around the sink and tub drains and they hold water!
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Unread 01-01-2008, 10:32 AM   #5
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Welcome, Hello. Please give us a first name to use, preferably in a permanent signature line.

After you make a couple more posts you'll be able to post links. It's an anti-spam measure we have in place. Nothin' personal. Besides, the quotes you've posted are the preferred method of pointing out part of a thread or post, anyway.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 11:00 AM   #6
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I also found some suggest plumbers putty for bigger gap. We are just worry the water will get behind the wall from the spout.
Although a little harder to apply, bathroom caulk will work much better for that application. The plumbers putty will dry up and get moldy and dirty in no time.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 11:47 AM   #7
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Only takes 3 seconds to caulk around a faucet.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 03:02 PM   #8
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Only takes 3 seconds to caulk around a faucet.
...and 10 minutes to wipe off the excess caulk from the wall, the faucet, your hands, your tools, your dog...


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..and 10 minutes to wipe off the excess caulk from the wall, the faucet, your hands, your tools, your dog...


Ain't that right!!!!!!!!!! Man I always think I am going to be so neat with wiping off that caulk and it is every where.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 09:17 PM   #10
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btw, I did caulk around the faucet (not the bottom). it looks pretty good. but at one location I touch it after it's dry so I can see not smooth caulk.

as for to caulk or grout this post seems to be helpful ( actually all post are helpful

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...d.php?p=605551
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