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Old 12-05-2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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Size of framing for piller that will have 6 inch tile on it.


I am a diy, not expert at all. I am framing in a custom shower that will have four feet high walls then glass up from there. In the four corners of the shower there are pillars that go to the ceiling that will eventually be covered with white 6 inch tile. I am currently framing those pillars, but am unsure how far apart I should space the 2x4's that go from floor to ceiling. I know a 1/2 inch backer board will be added all the way around so my thought is to build the pillar 4 7/8 inches square then when I add on the 1/2 backer board I will reach 5 7/8 inches then with thin set my 6 inch tiles will fit correctly. I have never done this before so I'm guessing a lot here. What do you guys think? What should be the dimensions of the framed pillar?

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Size of framing for piller that will have 6 inch tile on it.


This scenario will leave the edges of the tile showing. Are they bull nosed or are you applying a metal finished edge?
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Good point, I hadn't thought of that. If I am planning on applying bull nosed tile what size should I frame the pillars to be? Thanks.
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Good point, I hadn't thought of that. If I am planning on applying bull nosed tile what size should I frame the pillars to be? Thanks.
You ask the question like bull nose tiles are all one size.
The process works like this:
You decide on a design parameter. In this case a tiled post.
If the tile family you picked has a full tile(6")bullnose, the job is easier as the bullnose will wrap the post.
If this tile family only has 2" or 3" bullnose, the design gets very busy as the space is divided in 2 with 3" pieces. Is that what you want?
Some tile families have no bullnose.
Second choice:
You wrap the post with a corian type product that matches the tile as it can be cut to size with finished edges.
Or...
Wrap it in marble
Many choices, but planning critical for an acceptable outcome.
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