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Old 07-19-2014, 02:51 PM   #1
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I am now getting ready to tile shower walls. THe pan in level on all sides the walls are straight, however when I tape tiles down just to see how they align I find the side walls tiles as I go up the gap between the back wall widens. The entire 3 tiles are level next to each other and the bottom of the tile against the back wall touches the wall and there is a 1/8 gap at the top of the tile. IF I set a second level of tiles the second tile against the back wall now is 3/8 to a 1/4 away from the wall but the tiles are level across the top. What gives.

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If I understand you correctly,(?????) it's just that your "sidewall" is not plumb.?

(Maybe your "backwall"... can't quite understand your references..... and "straight" does not mean plumb.... not sure what you mean "straight".)

I think it's pretty much a question of geometry (or else you got one of those bad batches of tile that shrink with elevation)

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Yes, I mean plumb, sorry for not using the right terminology.
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I've tiled a bunch of tubs and showers and never once found one that was absolutely level---

I always plan on a cut tile at the tub---most times,I will screw a ledger board to the wall a little less than one tile up from the tub---when the walls are complete--I remove the ledger board and add the cuts above the tub.
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Since tiles have to be scribed to the wall, I'd face having to cut more tiles and plan the layout that way. At the corners, only the tiles that overlap need careful spacing.
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Since tiles have to be scribed to the wall, I'd face having to cut more tiles and plan the layout that way. At the corners, only the tiles that overlap need careful spacing.
Carp... Agree with ya sorta... Though I do believe it is easier/worthwhile to level/plumb that shower stall when walling it, rather then cutting tile....

Just an opinion. (Although there is always some adjustment in cutting)

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I was thinking the OP is committed to the wall he has, unless he removes all of it and start over, using the level, this time.

My bath reno also had walls that wasn't plumb and square, although not much. Correcting the wall for less tile cutting/using full tiles meant fixing the whole of 3 walls, at least. I decided to skip the fussy work. The out of plumb wasn't that bad, and it doesn't show obviously over the rows of tiles. Standard bath tub in 8' ceiling.

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