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Unread 06-25-2003, 09:27 AM   #1
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Bathroom baseboard question

I'm getting ready to tile a small alcove -- really a "water closet," a 30" x 66" room that has only a toilet in it. I removed the thick carpet (!), pad and carpet strips to expose the concrete slab. My question is what to do about the baseboards. They're already way above the slab surface. Should I remove them and replace them (lower) after tiling? I can stand a gap between the top of the baseboards and the wallpaper I hate and am going to strip off anyway, but the door jamb is also undercut. I can't very well move that down. Or should I cram in a foam backer rod and slip the tiles underneath the edge of the baseboards, and caulk whatever gap is left?

I'll be using 12", 1/4" thick ceramic tile.

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Unread 06-25-2003, 09:43 AM   #2
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Hi, origprod, welcome to the forum! How 'bout a first name?

Well, yes you can move the door, frame and all down to the finished floor level. The trim should hide the difference at the top. It's a little more work, but you'll never have to worry about what to say to your friends when they point out how crappy the door jamb looks next to that professional-looking tile job and new baseboards!

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Unread 06-25-2003, 10:17 AM   #3
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Oh, right...

Sorry! My name is Cindy. Pleased to make your acquaintance, and thanks for the speedy reply!

Actually, though, I really can't move the door jamb down. The rest of the bathroom, from the middle of the jamb outward, is still carpeted. So the side of the jamb on the outside the alcove still has to fit above that thick carpet.

Eventually we'll be replacing all the carpet with tile, but it's going to be a while.
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Unread 06-25-2003, 10:19 AM   #4
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I'd probably remove the Base, and buy new and re-install. It is hard to re-use Base, unless it is paint grade.

The door jamb is problematic. To do it right would mean removing all the casings, the jamb, and the door, and reinstalling. Assuming this is plain 4 inch paint grade casing, I think I would hot melt a small piece the bottom end grain, spackle and paint. But the door will be high, too, and I'd just leave that hanging high.
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Unread 06-25-2003, 12:05 PM   #5
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Hello Cindy.
Can you give us a measurement from the slab to the base board/ Jam? Thanks.
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Unread 06-25-2003, 12:34 PM   #6
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The gap

It's about 1/2".
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Unread 06-25-2003, 12:48 PM   #7
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Cindy,
Just a thought, but you might want to try a 1/2" trowel. I think you might be able to just push the tile right underneath the base boards if it's only 1/2". 1/4" for you tile and 1/4" for thinset= 1/2"
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Hi Cindy. Welcome aboard.

I agree with Ramon. I would push the tile under the base and under the door jamb and casings too. Fill the crack between the base and surface of the tile with colored caulking.
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Unread 06-26-2003, 03:30 PM   #9
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Thanks, guys! I think I'll try slipping the tiles under the baseboards, at least until I get ready to tile the rest of the bathroom.

Thanks for the advice!
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Unread 06-26-2003, 06:19 PM   #10
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Mmmm, that's a pretty small space, Cindy, maybe you could just spend a few dollars for some kinda tile that's thicker, eh? A fella can afford to spend a lot on her tile when it's only 15 square feet or so. The big guys can tell you lotsa kinds of tile that are 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick that would do well in that space.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 06-27-2003, 06:40 AM   #11
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I would rip out the baseboard and replace with new. For that area it is not a significant expense to buy new. Start fooling with thicknesses of thinset to adjust elevations for a DIY'r and it could lead to disasters if it isn't even all around. Just my thoughts.

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