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Unread 10-31-2019, 08:21 PM   #1
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Shower niche goof

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Having our master shower redone and contractor screwed up. He did not use any Schluter profile around the shower niche, and now we have exposed tile showing. It is not a through body tile, so it looks awful (see pictures).

I really don't want to have him remove tiles to set the profile. And I am sure he doesn't want to either.

So, at this point, any suggestion for how we can make the edges of the niche look more finished? Anything???

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Unread 10-31-2019, 08:29 PM   #2
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Welcome back, Beth.

If you can answer the question below, I may have a definitive answer for your question.

Are the bottoms of both niches sloped so that water runs out?
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Unread 10-31-2019, 08:30 PM   #3
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P.S. - Love the UPC symbols showing on the tile edge.
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Unread 10-31-2019, 08:46 PM   #4
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Yeah. Said we could use some muratic acid or something to wash that off. Seriously.
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So, the shelves appear to be slightly sloped so that water would drain out. I am thinking that is the correct answer. Right???
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Unread 10-31-2019, 11:01 PM   #6
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Well, yes. But the easy answer would have been "no", because then the tile would have to come out anyway.

So I still think that's the answer, because what is there is not acceptable. There may be something that can be done to cover that issue, but nothing comes to mind right now.

Maybe someone else will have an idea. Other than the ridiculous acid idea, what did the installer say about it?

Didn't you have this same problem a few years ago?
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Unread 11-01-2019, 04:19 AM   #7
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You could use aluminum corner molding mitered in the corners to finish it. It is by no means a proper method but it would make the appearance a little more pleasant until you finally want to re do it.
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Unread 11-01-2019, 05:30 AM   #8
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Unread 11-01-2019, 05:31 AM   #9
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What did your contactor use for waterproofing? Hope was your shower constructed?
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Unread 11-01-2019, 05:31 AM   #10
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Does the tile you are using have any bull nose accessories? I'm getting ready to do 2 niches and will use bull nose that matches my tile on the inside edges of the niche. Do you have any other tile in the area, accent tile, floor tile, etc? Maybe their is bull nose for that that could be used and coordinate.
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Leaving the UPC symbols is a master stroke of exacting detail.

Unless you can find a matching bullnose - and even those may not work well depending on the depth of the niche and the width of the BN, The only option that jumps to mind is replacing with some coordinating or contrasting granite or synthetic stone.
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Nail polish time....atleast the barcode will help identify the tile.
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Find some matching half-round or pencil trim, miter the ends, and picture frame the niches by epoxying them on so they cover the exposed tile edges.

Like this photo https://roomfortuesday.com/how-to-pl...-shower-niche/
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What kind of contractor was this? They've tiled before? It would really make me question how they did the rest of work.

Any chance they can use some kind of oscillating tool to cut a tiny groove in there to slip in a profile? I'd worry about damaging the waterproofing though.

Speaking of which, how'd they do the waterproofing?
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I stayed at the American Inn at the Kohler resort (yes, that Kohler). High end place. The shower niche was made JUST like this. Really made me laugh.
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