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Unread 11-29-2019, 12:21 PM   #1
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Tiling a tub surround

Gutting and remodeling my bathroom.
I have a 1920 cast iron built in tub. Thinking I'll keep it.
Problem is tiling the long wall to the tub lip. Looking at the long wall the tub lip starts to dip about 6 inches from the end wall corner. The dip is approximately 1/2 inch. It's a built in feature, not some anomaly. The dip then goes back up at the opposite end of the tub, six inches from the wall.
So this presents a dilemma, Tile a straight line from one end to the other and have an extra wide grout line. Or. Drop the second tile from the end 1/2" lower and have a crooked line of tile. Not acceptable. That's what I have now, sort of.
I'll be using 3"x 6" inch subway tiles for the surround.
Maybe I'm over thinking this and I just settle for a wide grout line or maybe some tiling genius has encountered this and found an inventive solution?
Since a pic is worth a 1000 words, I'll post one tonight after work.
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Unread 11-29-2019, 12:41 PM   #2
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Yes, post a pic if you can. I think I understand your problem. We fix it by lowering the whole layout down to the lowest point of the tub ledge. Then you'll have to cut in all the bottom row of tiles against the tub. Does that make sense?
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Thanks Dave. Was going to post a pic but it's difficult to see the issue. I'm removing the old tile and cement board. Then I'll take a pic.
And man, this stuff is difficult to remove! Layer of sheet rock, layer of cement board and 12x12 ceramic tiles. 8 hours and 1/3 removed with knuckle busters, blisters and cuts.
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Unread 12-02-2019, 10:38 PM   #4
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Hi, Mike.

What tools are you using for demo?

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Unread 12-03-2019, 12:21 AM   #5
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Doesn't sound like the original 1920's tile job.
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Unread 12-04-2019, 09:58 AM   #6
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1920's tile job?

Not even close! I have a friend with a similar house. Original tile. Or so it looks.
Mine? Crap, when I purchased the house 30 years ago the original tile was gone and someone nailed/glued up lime green 4x8 sheets of fake tile, over some other re-muddle job.
So i gutted to studs and did my own re-muddle. Looked much better than lime green.
So here I am doing it again.
But plans are changed. With all my work pulling off cement board, i stated getting water in the basement. Just some drips. found the issue was the tub drain. Pulled the strainer and realized someone had packed in some type of cement around the hole. Uh Oh! The cast is completely rotted through in spots and looks like it's going to have an epic failure
So, I'll be swinging the sledge hammer and doing more work than planned. Buying a claw foot tub and will probably have to rip out perfectly good porcelain floor tiles I put down 30 years ago. See pic. They are the old Lowe's Rialto tile. Excellent tiles at a discount price. I can't find these anymore.
Any ideas of where I might find them? Would like to continue them under the new tub.
Why did this site rotate my pic 90 degrees?
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Unread 12-04-2019, 06:45 PM   #7
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It's usually hard to match 5 year old tiles, Nearly impossible to match 30 year old tiles.
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