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Unread 08-19-2003, 02:30 PM   #1
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Question Tiling an Archway??

First of all this is a great site and I have been learning from you folks over the past few weeks.

I plan on creating a custom shower with an archway over the shower doors. The shower itself will be about 58 inches wide. Since the doors are 48 a "curb" of about 5 inches wide will be built on each side. The "curb" will continue up and curve into an archway over the door. I had planned on using 2x4's for the framing - so the "face" would be just shy of 5 inches thick.

Basically I'll have two outside corners that round the arch. I'd like to tile both sides of the arch as well as the "face." I've toyed with various combinations of bull nose tiles but I can't quite get my arms around how this should work. Are there "cap" tiles (i.e. shaped like a mini corner bead).

I need some suggestions of how to tile this.

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Unread 08-19-2003, 04:17 PM   #2
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Hi Joe, Welcome aboard. A picture would really help here,but let me just say this. Anytime you are tiling an outside corner radius, you will be cutting your bullnose into smaller pieces.It the nature of the beast.We can give a little more help with a picture to see just what it is you are attempting to do. Sounds like fun!!
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Hi Joe,

As Todd says, it's going to be a matter of making little pieces out of bigger pieces. I don't know of any other way to do it. There are no ready-made curved bullnose pieces. You could have something custom made.
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Unread 08-20-2003, 07:31 AM   #4
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more questions

Thanks for the response guys - Unfortunately you confirmed what I already suspected. I will try to get you a photo. I read a bit about tiling ariound a door jam which is basically what I will have, its just that the jam will extend upward and form an arch. I had the idea of cutting 6 inch bull nose tiles in half so that I could more easily form the radius around the arch.

I have a few additional questions - I hope its okay.

1) What are the pros/cons to CPE vs PVC for the liner or are they equivalent?

2) I've seen written here that "corners" are availble for the pan liner - again what are the pros and cons of this vs just doing a fold and then solvent/glue?

3) Between the top of the flange and the pan liner I know you need a bead of caulk. Can I assume it should be silcone caulk?

Thanks again for the advice!!!

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Eric will correct me, should I err...

1) CPE and PVC will perform exactly the same function for as long as you want it to. PVC gets a little brittle with age, but once in the pan, that has little impact on long term performance. Use either as your budget or access to the products allow. Just remember that you can't mix and match the products. Use PVC liner, PVC dam corners, and PVC liner glue, or, CPE liner, CPE corners and CPE glue.

2) Inside corners are folded and glued. Outside corners are needed for, well, outside corners, such as at the curb. Neither material stretches much, thus the need for the "dam" corners.

3) #1 choice would be silicone caulk, but practically any caulk will do. I've heard some say that they "use whatever's in the truck."

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I use whatever's in the truck.

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