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Old 08-10-2009, 10:31 AM   #1
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Tiling up to door molding


I'm getting ready to tile around my tub, and right at the edge of the tub starts the door molding. I'm wondering what to do there -- should I take the molding off, remove the drywall under it, and put the backerboard in it's place under the molding? Or should I just put the backerboard right up to the edge of the molding? Do I then caulk the tile to the molding or leave a little gap?
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You should cut the door moulding. The good news is that you can do it without removing the moulding. You can buy an inexpensive jamb saw at Home Depot for under $20. It flush-cuts with the floor...Lay a tile (loose) on the floor to use as a guide to rest the saw on and cut the bottom of the casing out, as well as any part of the jamb that will abut the tile. That way your tile is under the wood and it doesn't have a goofy groutline appearance.


There are also powered ones available for rental or purchase:

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Sorry, I wasn't clear. I'll be tiling on the wall, above the tub.
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Ahh, got it. Leave the sheetrock under the moulding alone. Cut your sheetrock an inch or so back from the moulding and install backerboard there. That way the seam is covered by a tile and you don't have to disturb the moulding. You'll probably have to add a stud or two to support the seam and give you something to fasten the edge of the rock and the edge of the backerboard to...Two studs is easier, or a flat single stud.

You can caulk the tile to the wood moulding when completed.
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Thank you so much for your detailed responses! I think I get it now!
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