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Old 03-09-2011, 11:42 PM   #1
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I'm laying tiles diagonally in my kitchen, so I will have cut tiles at all edges, including along one exterior door with a threshold. This threshold is the metal type that comes in most prehung exterior metal doors, with a plastic edge along the interior side. The cut tiles will run adjacent to this plastic edge. How would you finish this? Use grout color-matched caulk, glue a piece of base shoe to the threshold to cover the tile edge, or both? Or something else?

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If you make good,clean 'show' cuts---then a flexible caulk will do.

The cuts could be covered with a small trim--But securely attaching that can be a challenge
You have metal and ceramic---hard to nail---clean cuts and caulk are the first choice.--Mike--

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Well the edge adjacent to the tile (the edge underneath the actual door panel) is plastic. And the tile is porcelain.
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Porcelain is a ceramic--just the most water resistant----Still I prefer the look of a 'show' cut with caulk over the trim----It's a look---your choice.
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This might go without saying, however if you're looking to make good cuts against the threshold or any contoured lines, get one of these :

http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images/prod/1/43836.jpg

And I agree, use a good grout and cover w/ trim if wanted, but if the cuts are good its not a necessity.

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You don't want to grout that juncture. You should use caulk there. Grout will not last.
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You don't want to grout that juncture. You should use caulk there. Grout will not last.


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Well I could not seem to get an even, consistent gap along the threshold so I'm just going to glue a piece of shoe mold to the threshold.
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Why can't you get a consistent gap? What are you using to cut the tile? What adhesive are you using to attach the shoe moulding to the metal threshold?
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I'm not attaching it to metal. The part of the threshold underneath the door panel (adjacent to the tile) is plastic. The sloped portion of the threshold outside the door panel is metal (standard metal-clad prehung exterior door with brickmold trim and threshold).

I was using a big MK-101 rental tile saw to make the cuts (absolutely awesome saw BTW) but my whole layout ended up slightly out of square, and I couldn't get totally accurate marks with my china marker pencil. The layout is a diagonal jack-on-jack so it being out of square really isn't visible at all. I'm sure the walls aren't square, either.

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