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Old 09-13-2013, 09:59 AM   #16
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If they had really waterproofed the shower correctly, it would only be cosmetic cracking of the grout later. However, the more important issue is how they waterproofed it. That's really the major issue to get right.
I am fairly confident they did the waterproffing correctly so not too concerned.

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Old 09-13-2013, 10:56 AM   #17
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It's not regular caulk - it's a matching sanded product that is flexible. However, cracking trumps most other issues.

Besides, quality tile caulks are also mold/mildew resistant.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:46 AM   #18
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Looks like a good product to use in the future if I get cracking of the grout and it seems like you can just put it over top of the grout, right? Maybe I just DIY this in the future as I know the contrator will NOT bother with it now.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #19
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Well, yes you can put it over cracking grout, but the crack line might be too narrow for sanded caulk to hold well in. The point is to put something in there that has some flex. Aesthetically, if the crack is small, some unsanded caulk might be best to cover.

Again, if the shower is waterproofed correctly (and I'm guessing you'd be surprised at how many are not), then cracks inside the shower shouldn't cause damage - they just look bad. However cracks on the outside can cause damage. For example, I always see grout on the floor tile, right up to the bathtub. This is really bad, because water always trickles down the sides and corners of the tub during a shower or when you step out. If there's a crack there, then the water is trickling right down into your subfloor, rotting and causing mold. The same thing can happen without a tub - on the outside corner of the floor to the shower curb. Although with a tub it's even more likely to crack.
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Ok, cool. Thanks for all the info.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #21
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I know it's been a few days, but I'm pretty sure any corners or corner-like joints should be caulked in some fashion due to the flex between the two different planes WILL cause the grout to crack. So any 90 degree edge should be caulked. I know you only took pictures of that mess, but I bet the rest of the corners weren't caulked either.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #22
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If this is the way they did things you can see, I would be extremely concerned about the quality of things you can't see...
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STOP with hold final payment. This is un acceptable TILE WORK.

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If this is the way they did things you can see, I would be extremely concerned about the quality of things you can't see...
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:33 PM   #25
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I don't like the travertine cap either. I'm thinking all the little holes in that are a mold machine.
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Had a meeting with the lead and sub contractor to work out the issues. The sub mentioned caulking the tiles before I even said anything and they are going to fix it that way. Have to order the special colored caulk to match and it should be handled soon. The lead is going to warranty all the work so I am not worried about it and I have spoken with the sub a lot and trust the guy that the shower underlayment was done right. This grout thing was just a goof and he knows it and will fix it. The rest of the work is actually pretty good.

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