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Old 02-14-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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tomorrow i will start my tile job in my tub surround side. I know different people have different ways to start the first row. i need some options and ideas on this. my tiles are 10x16 inches and will be layed in staggerd format. Then I have the regular bull nose at the end. Regular tub surround... thanks
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Old 02-14-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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Generally the tub is not level. It will match the two side walls in this aspect. You measure the vertical space and get your setup from the space you have. You center the uncut tiles in the opening and have a row of cut tiles at the ceiling and at the tub.
I attach a level ledger board at the first row of uncut tiles all around the surround. I tile the back wall first. After the total field is tiled and dried, I remove the ledger and measure and cut each tile so it's 1/8" off the tub.
I silicone caulk the tile/tub interface.
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Generally the tub is not level. It will match the two side walls in this aspect. You measure the vertical space and get your setup from the space you have. You center the uncut tiles in the opening and have a row of cut tiles at the ceiling and at the tub.
I attach a level ledger board at the first row of uncut tiles all around the surround. I tile the back wall first. After the total field is tiled and dried, I remove the ledger and measure and cut each tile so it's 1/8" off the tub.
I silicone caulk the tile/tub interface.
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ok, so doing it this way will give you cuts on the top row by the ceiling and also the first row down below also right?
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Yes, most of the time. There will also be cut tiles on each end of the wall. There are occassions when the tub is exactly level and the tile size will let you put a full tile at the bottom. but it's the exception, rather then the rule.
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Put a level on the tub to see if it's level or not. I normally have the luxury of installing my own tubs so I know they are usually very level. If that's the case, there's no problem starting with the bottom row.
Because the tub/tile line is usually so prominent, I don't like the bottom row of tiles to be cut too much. The eye will definitely pick up on the varying size of the tiles. If the tub is off level that much, not much you can do about it then.
Fill the tub with water when you caulk the bottom joint. Leave water in the tub for as close to 24 hours as you can afterward. This will alleviate the silicone tearing from the tub when it pulls away from the tile when under stress.
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I prefer not to cut tiles
So I use full size tiles, tile stops before it reaches the ceiling
I also start full tiles against one corner
Just my preference, I dislike the look of cut tiles
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