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Old 11-13-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Since there is no tile section I figured I would put this here. Below you can see a diagram from the instructions of the Kohler cast iron shower receptor that I have. It shows the tile stopping rather high up. Is this the proper way to do this? I assume I would have to go get bullnose for this?

Aren't you supposed to bring the tile down past the lip to the top of the tub (or in my case, receptor)? I measured the lip, If I use the 1/2" cement board that I bought the tile will hit the lip before it reaches the top of the tub.

Any help?

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Old 11-13-2010, 06:52 PM   #2
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I found something wrong with that image above, the lip is not 5/8" high, it is 1 3/16" high as shown in another spot in the instructions.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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Shim the wall out so the cement board drops down past the receptor edge by at least 3/4". The tile should extend down to 1/8" off the receptor bottom. Silicone caulk the cement board. Silicone the tile to the receptor base.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:23 PM   #4
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Shim the wall out so the cement board drops down past the receptor edge by at least 3/4". The tile should extend down to 1/8" off the receptor bottom. Silicone caulk the cement board. Silicone the tile to the receptor base.
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My concern is why Kohler says to leave the tile so high off of the receptor. Is this common at all? Has anyone ever seen tile done like that?
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Regardless of the discrepancy in heights in your two diagrams, it looks like they want you to just extend the tile slightly past the top lip of the base, and then caulk the joint between the tile and base. I think the drawing is exagerated a little. Keeping the tile up off the bottom of the base will probably help the longevity of that joint, it won't be sitting in water all the time that the shower is in use. I would shim the cement board as necessary to make if flush with the shower base lip, then extend the tile just below the joint and caulk it like they show.
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Thanks for the reply. If I do that, I would need to get bullnose tile, correct?
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FWIW, the only tile section I found was part of a barely used subforum under the Flooring forum, which my question doesn't apply to.
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Thanks for the reply. If I do that, I would need to get bullnose tile, correct?
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If the bullnose are available, it would make for a nicer joint. I would also caulk between the cement board and the tile base right where they meet before I put the tile on. Make sure it is a nice tight bead, don't get sloppy with it, just as a secondary seal.
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Excellent, I appreciate your input. This just seemed so odd of a way to do it, all the other tubs I have ever seen had the tile brought down past the lip to the top of the tub.

I actually like the way Kohler is saying to do it, I'll have a nice (easy to clean) edge around the entire way instead of the tile sitting in the water.
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I purchased the same receptor and ran into the same issue. My tile guy wants me to bring the durock down into the pan leaving about 1/8" off of the pan floor. He doesn't think the tile will look right if we follow the instructions that Kohler provided. I found a picture of a job someone did using the Kohler receptor and it looks like he goes right down into the pan as well.

Just curious to know how your job ended up.

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I, too, am getting ready to do this. Appreciated some first-hand experience!

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The tile job with the Kohler cast iron pan is mine. Reaching over the flange is a stretch especially if your wall to wall is over 5ft. You can notch the back wall studs or pad them out a 1/2" to get your tile to fall well inside in the pan. The ends wall are more of a problem. You can "thick set" your tile and grind an angle on the back side of your bottom edge of your tile to get them in. Better yet if you can pad one of your end walls out 1/2" of so.
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