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Unread 10-28-2006, 07:47 PM   #1
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proper way to lay tile where wall meets floor

I just finished my first tiling job (on my 1/2 bath). There is room for improvement and I want to learn the right way before working on the kitchen floor and the full bath.

In particular, I am still not sure how to lay tiles where "plane" changes (i.e. wall meets wall, and wall meets floor). Is there a recommended way how the tiles butt against each other ? See attached pic ...

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Unread 10-28-2006, 07:55 PM   #2
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Any of them are acceptable as they have a space for the sealant to go.

But the middle picture is what I recommend because it gives support to the sealant from drooping into the crack before it cures.
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i puzzled over this myself. I reasoned B is best because the caulk joint is vertical and water will roll off it onto the floor which will minimize the chance for mildew and cracking.

Pretty sure C is the WORST because you'll have a large void to fill that might not support the caulk well.

If you choose B, your 1st row of wall tiles has to be cut perfect. If you choose A, yr first row of floor tiles has to be cut perfect.

The nice thing about A is that you can tile up from the floor on the walls. If you choose B, you'll likely have to ledger board it and do the 1st row last. That's a little bit of a pain.

I chose A.
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Thanks for the responses !
What about wall-to-wall ? Imagine the pic is looking down from the ceiling.
Does it depend on which side has good cuts (i.e. bad cuts should "hide" behind good cuts) ?
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Yep, bad cuts in the back, and a nice one nearly butting into it.

Expample: On the back wall of a 5' tub surround, I'll put tiles on the back 5' wall first, then nearly butt up to them with a nice cut. It doesn't matter, so long as you make a decent cut and leave a gap for the sealant.
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"B" is in my opinion the right way, it also looks much better since you don't see the caulk/grout as much. Many who pride themselves as expert tilesetters finish the floor/wall intersection by doing it the "A" method. The "A" way is faster though.

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I always do B. Never have I done A or C.
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I've always done it like "A", mainly because I mud and tile my floors last.
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I'm getting ready to do a splash around the bathtub and it'll have a row of bullnose to finish the top edge. How do I do the 2 inside corners since it will show? Method C, but bevel the edges so they fit closer together?
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You could choose option "D"...miter them on a 45 degree angle.

But most of the time, this area is pretty un-noticeable, so it doesn't matter a whole heck of a lot.
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