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Old 02-16-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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I noticed some tiles near my master bath starting to separate a little (just one line, grout cracking). Very close next to it, I noticed a hairline crack in my drywall leading up to the window. Should I take out the tile to see what's going on or should does grout occasionally crack like this. 20 year old home, second story bath...I'm going to guess the caulk separation was just a poor job on my part two years ago.

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Old 02-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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A window in any bathroom with a shower is going to be trouble.
Drywall never should have been used in a wet area.
Push on the tiles, if any are loose it's a sure sign ater as gotten in behind the tile and it all needs to come out.
Also consider getting rid of that window.

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looks like you have bullnose tile on the wall at the window sill which means that the tile under the window but to the back of the bullnose. the water has probably been soaking through the grout joint on the window sill and working down the wall. the window sill tile should have overlapped the wall tile. how much slope does the window sill have?
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Also consider getting rid of that window.
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]A window in any bathroom with a shower is going to be trouble.[/COLOR]
Drywall never should have been used in a wet area.
Push on the tiles, if any are loose it's a sure sign ater as gotten in behind the tile and it all needs to come out.
Also consider getting rid of that window.
Millions, probably billions of homes have windows in bathrooms with showers. This comment is just, just wellllll
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Millions, probably billions of homes have windows in bathrooms with showers. This comment is just, just wellllll
I believe there's a bit of misunderstanding here. Obviously many (probably most) bathrooms have a window. I think what joecaption was referring to is a window next to the tub and actually IN the shower. That was common years ago, but probably nonexistent now. I had one in a home I used to own and it was nothing but problems. Finally had to take it out.
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I suspect given the age of the home that a moisture resistant backer board was not used. Regular drywall doesn't stand up well in moist environment of a bath tub/shower.

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