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Old 12-27-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!

I'm about to install a new tub, and I'm tiling the floor right now with ceramic tiles. I'm thinking of having the tiles extend past the tub's front, so that the front of the tub sits on the tiles. I'm thinking this would save me from cutting the floor tiles to fit around the tub (I'm not good with curved cuts) and would also make the joint tighter and needing less caulking.

Does anyone see a problem with this plan?

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Yup. Not a good idea.
The tub must be uniformly supported. You could tile all the way to the wall.
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Seldom works---the tub skirts are seldom perfectly flat to the floor---often the bottom edge is rounded and poorly finished---some shims might be required under the shirt in order to level the tub.

Tiling in the shirt helps stabilize the tub.

Other than those objections--you could do it---
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Thanks again, Bud and Mike, you are being very helpful.

Bud, I don't have a problem tiling all the way to the wall, if that's going to save me from cutting the tiles around the skirt.

Mike, my new tub is steel. Are those more stable? I could "shim" the skirt with cement before caulking (couldn't I?).
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Unfortunately some tubs these days are weird along the front line. Some are curved intentionally while others are just weird in a helter-skelter fashion. You can always scribe a pattern to cut the tiles to the tub perfectly. I do it all the time. You probably aren't talking about more than five tiles to cut. But, if you don't have the means to cut a slight curve it's a problem for sure.
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Unfortunately some tubs these days are weird along the front line. Some are curved intentionally while others are just weird in a helter-skelter fashion. You can always scribe a pattern to cut the tiles to the tub perfectly. I do it all the time. You probably aren't talking about more than five tiles to cut. But, if you don't have the means to cut a slight curve it's a problem for sure.
I'm good at scribing, the problem is the cutting. I tried once with a tile hack saw and afterwards with a tile blade for a jig saw---and didn't get very far. What do you use?
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Tile wet saw with a diamond blade, and a 4" grinder with a diamond blade.

Some slight curves can be cut with a straight wet saw.
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You can make relief cuts in the waste--to the cut line--knock off the waste tile--and use the side of the wetsaw blade like a grinder--to smooth out the cuts---those will get caulked after the grouting--so absolute perfection is not required--
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Thanks again to both of you. Since your objections are not very strong, I'm going to tile short of the tub for now, and when I get it delivered, I'll take a good look at the bottom of the apron before I decide what to do.
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