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Unread 01-05-2020, 06:46 AM   #1
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12 foot ceilings

I have used this site for years and it is an invaluable recourse... have searched for days with no luck so first post with quick question

I'm redoing a 3 wall alcove tub (standard 5ft wide bath) and have decided to tile floor to ceiling.... I have 12 ft ceilings and for the life of me can not find a great way to tile that high.... especially if tub has been installed (Kohler Archer Acrylic)

any thoughts or tips would be greatly appreciated

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Unread 01-05-2020, 06:59 AM   #2
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You are asking how to tile a 12 foot ceiling?
A ladder or scaffolding. Use an adjustable ladder like a little giant. Put two on the legs on the tub lip against the wall.

I think tiling all 12 feet is a bit excessive though, unless you are tiling all the walls.
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Unread 01-05-2020, 07:00 AM   #3
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nope... just the 3 walls.
not enough room with tub installed... wondering if I should leave it out... start a course higher up and then tub install but that would affect backer install at tub
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Unread 01-05-2020, 08:16 AM   #4
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Just cut a piece of plywood to fit over the tub and put a ladder on the plywood. I do it all the time when I have to paint a high ceiling over a tub.

Make sure you put something on the tub to protect it under the plywood.
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Yeah, I don't think there's any way you're going to be able to reach that high using an A frame ladder in that tight of a space and still be close enough to the wall to set your tile. And you're probably not going to be able to turn a 10' A frame ladder in the 5" long alcove - I think the spread of the legs will be too wide, and even if it isn't, you still won't be able to shift it left or right.

I'd install the backer starting about 1 or 2 feet above the tub, then tape and mud the joints starting maybe 6" up from that, then starting the tile another 6" above that. Get all the tile set/grouted/caulked except for the bottom 12". Then go back and install the remaining backer, waterproofing, tile, etc.

What are you going to use for water proofing? You'd certainly not need to run it all the way up.
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Unread 01-05-2020, 08:41 AM   #6
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thank you
Wedi up ~8ft (enclose a window) then denshield. Its an acrylic tub, alcove "drop in" so it is easier to install later but i question its strength to build a scaffolding on top of... no front skirt as I wanted that tiled

BTW Dan... I read all your posts... impressed
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If you don't think the tub is strong enough, just extend the plywood out and support it with a 2X4 frame that rests on the floor.
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I second Rich VT, plywood over the tub is how I float tub walls. 3/4 piece is more than adequate to hold any ladder or scaffolding. This is why anything over 8’ “which is the maximum I can reach by standing on the plywood covered tub” gets an upcharge.
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Thanks, Scott, but if you read my bathroom thread you're now way older than when you started.
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I would leave the tub out and buy a scaffold . I recently tiled two 10 ft tall showers and bought one of these. The little plastic shelf folds down out of the way.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/MetalTec...IMIS/203504541
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just purchased

https://www.homedepot.com/p/PRO-SERI...3051/303859875

$245 with "honey browser coupon"
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thanks for all the input....

can anyone point me to a good thread on doing / building / tiling the front apron ?... I'd like it flush with edge of tub if possible or very minimal "deck"
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That'll do the job.
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