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Old 10-15-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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My husband and I recently installed 12x12 porcelain tiles in our master bathroom. The room's shape is somewhat irregular, and after all is said and done, we have about an inch-wide gap between the last tile and the edge of the standing shower. It is too small of a space for another tile. Allowing for the grout on one side and the caulk on the other, anything we cut would be barely a sliver. But the gap sure looks big... We have caulk that matches the grout, but is that enough? Will it hold up to the water it will be exposed to as we get in and out of the shower every day? Will an inch-worth of caulk look as goofy as I imagine it will? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance...

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I don't think a inch of caulk is a good idea... it looks odd... and subject to mold development easier...

instead you have these choices I can think of:

- cut small pieces of tiles and finish it up... then but some plastic trim from HD to surrend your bath tub and the floor cross-over

- buy some other small natural stones and put it there.... then you can caulk....different color... but sometimes it looks nice ... or use plastic trim again instead of caulking...

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Will an inch-worth of caulk look as goofy as I imagine it will?
Yes, and I don't think it will hold up either. An inch is far too wide for caulk or grout. Just cut 3/4" of the edges of tiles, and install that at the end, or get some decorative border tile to install in front of the shower.

Ideally the layout of the tile job would account for this gap before the first tile is laid. You can do that next time. But for now, I don't think this is a problem. I don't think a narrow tile will look so bad as long as the narrow course is even from one end to the other (ie, the tiles are parallel to the shower).
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