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Old 06-17-2013, 10:19 PM   #31
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I have never used backer rod in tilework unless it's a wide expansion joint. Backer rod is indicated for joints that are 3/8" wide and at least that deep, not 1/8" inside corners.

I believe it's best to caulk the day before grouting if time allows. Otherwise grout, then remove it with a utility knife and caulk.

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I have never used backer rod in tilework unless it's a wide expansion joint. Backer rod is indicated for joints that are 3/8" wide and at least that deep, not 1/8" inside corners.
My understanding was that the backer rod was used as a technique to remove grout, not to leave behind caulk. Jay2013's response to that post made no sense, but it seems to me that ripping out backer rod behind the wet grout ought to work. Just seems like too much effort when other methods work and take less time.
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I have never used backer rod in tilework unless it's a wide expansion joint. Backer rod is indicated for joints that are 3/8" wide and at least that deep, not 1/8" inside corners.

I believe it's best to caulk the day before grouting if time allows. Otherwise grout, then remove it with a utility knife and caulk.

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Just piping in to say absolutely, replace that shower valve, and don't skimp on on it. A good pressure-balanced valve, easily maintained, with integral stops, will run you about $100. Buy the shower trims separately.
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