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Old 11-23-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Grout or Caulk? How?

Hello gang...this is my first posting and I'm hoping that someone out here can help me. I'm a bit of a DIY newbie...particularly when it comes to grouting.

I'm trying to figure out whether to Grout or Caulk the corner of a shower stall. The existing grout has cracked in various places where the 2 walls meet. I'm hearing that one should caulk where 2 walls meet, but I'm not sure.

Also, how do you go about doing for example, do I use a grout bag for getting grout into the 45 degree angle, or is there some other method? With caulk, I imagine you could tool it in with your finger, but not sure with grout.

I greatly appreciate any resident experts out there sharing their perspective on this...




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Old 11-23-2009, 08:07 PM   #2
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Lots of tile guys say to caulk those change of plane areas. I don't have the answer, but they do at the tile forums at
Do a search there and you will find lots of comments from guys that make a living doing tile work. One of the best forums on the internets, IMO.


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Old 11-24-2009, 05:46 AM   #3
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Verticle/horizontal joints expand/contract at different rates, grout will not survive long there, always use caulk. Flat surfaces, use grout.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:09 AM   #4
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Bill and 7Echo...looks like caulk is the way to go. I also looked at the site and they concur.

Thanks much to you both for your input. Its much appreciated!!
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