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Old 08-15-2015, 01:12 AM   #1
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I am finishing plumbing in bathroom remodel. Do I seal around the water head flashing where it touches the tile, and around the valve handle flashings where they touch the tile? If so, what type of caulk is recommended? Thanks.
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No---the shower arm is above the wet area---and the mixer cover has a foam gasket the keeps the water out of the wall---(some folks will use silicone caulk across the top if the tile is uneven)
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I use this, just not at the very bottom. http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...ad2a42_300.jpg
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Here is what mine looks like.
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I use crystal clear because the other 'clear' formulas arnt truly clear, after a while.
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You seal around the cover plate itself? What is the valve needs work?
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Its silicone. Unscrew and pull off. Then use a razor to scrap off caulk from tile. Do your work. Screw cover back on and recaulk
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Caulk everywhere besides the bottom
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Confused. Last person said not necessary. You obviously do not agree. Can I ask if you are a plumber?
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Nope. Not a plumber.

There is a foam gasket behind the cover, true. But if you tile is uneven, especially if you have grout lines withing the cover, thats why i used it. Plus i think it gives it a better looking finish.
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Thanks. Mine is against flat stone. Do you think I still need it?
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If you post a pic, id gladly look at it.
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I am not a plumber either, but in my house I caulk to 5 and 7. Can only help and it wont hurt anything. I use a very small bead, just enough to hit the seam.
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The question that needs answered is will it hurt to caulk it with clear caulk? Or do we wait and see if the foam gasket is working?
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