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Old 11-28-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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Have tile gap need help.

I recently remodeled a bathroom and hired a tile guy to come in and tile my bathroom. He laid 12x12 tile on the floor and around the tub/shower combo. When he was done installing the tile I noticed the gap on the back side of the tub where the tile meets it. I initially thought it was gonna be no problem and picked up some silicone caulk to put down in the gap. I soon realized what a pia silicone caulk is to work with. So I removed the tile and purchased some bullnose pieces of tile to try and lay a strip over the gap to close it down some. I also put some backer rod in the gap to eat up some of the space. The gap at it's widest is 1/2". I am attaching pictures but would like to know what is the best route to get this bathroom finished up. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 11-29-2011, 06:38 AM   #2
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Not sure I understand what is going on. Tubs are supposed to be flat at the top, so either the tub is out of whack or the tile job is out. Place a long level on the tub to check for flat, if it is OK, call the tile guy back. If the tub is the culprit, best to grin and caulk. A lot of work, at this point, to replace the tub.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:53 AM   #3
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That 'tile guy' made a real beginners mistake-----assuming that a tub is level----I've never seen one in my life--ever---and I'm a bath remodeler.

You are in trouble---Like Bill suggested---caulk--or remove some tile--add a feature stripe --then replace the tiles below that with ones cut to the tub.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:12 AM   #4
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Not the tile guys fault you purchased and installed the least expensive bath tub on the market. The tile could have been cut to address the swoop but only if you would be willing to pay for the additional time required to close the gap.

I'd say caulk it and forget it.

Why don't you take those bull-nose pieces and cut them at the bottom to fit the goofy tub? That way the bull-nose (tops) of each tile could be as straight as the tile is and the bottoms of each tile would follow the curve of the cheap tub.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:06 AM   #5
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Oooooh. THAT'S sad! And BAD!
Maybe just live with a major fill in of good silicane caulk, whick if well applied will look like the tub to a nearsighted guest.
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Assume on cutting tile to fit against the tub lip with a constant reveal of, say 1/4".

Not sure why the tub was not finished when the tile setter left.

Not sure why this mistake was made, maybe the two are related.

Anyway, I would just caulk it and forget it. It can't be off by more than 1/8", right?
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