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Old 10-25-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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when putting the bottom wall tile up against the floor I forgot to set a spacer between the floor because I had a piece of plywood down to protect the floor.

Either way, I need to get a gap in there so I can put some grout in. It's outside the shower but right outside the shower so it's not unreasonable to expect some water will get to the crack and I'd like to make sure it's actually grouted.

Idea's? Can I use a dremel oscillating tool to trim off the tile? the tile is travertine if that helps at all. Also, it's like a 2 inch piece of tile I actually have to trim, so it's not that much.

If I can use the oscillating tool, is there a certain head for it that would be best?
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If I'm following what you're saying, you do not want grout in there. Caulk is the right product. If you could post a pic it would be helpful.

Sounds like the outside of the shower curb, yes? Is the bathroom floor finished yet? Wooden or slab floors?

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If I'm following what you're saying, you do not want grout in there. Caulk is the right product. If you could post a pic it would be helpful.

Sounds like the outside of the shower curb, yes? Is the bathroom floor finished yet? Wooden or slab floors?

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right outside the shower, floor is finished. I'm fine with caulk instead, but I think I still need to create the indent for the caulk to live.

Pictures... (first one zoomed, second one back.)



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Either leave it alone and caulk it, or remove the one piece and cut off ⅛".

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Either leave it alone and caulk it, or remove the one piece and cut off ⅛". Jaz
What's a good tool for removing it?

I'm assuming the oscillating tool will break up the thinset without breaking everything?
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Something sure looks really wrong there.
Sure looks like your trying to install that tile right over OSB!
Where's the 1/4" tile board.
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Something sure looks really wrong there. Sure looks like your trying to install that tile right over OSB! Where's the 1/4" tile board.
The blue plywood is just there to protect the floor. Outside the shower it's over drywall for a short bit.
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Joe thought your bathroom floor tiles looked like OSB, and he's right, looks a lot like it from here.

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The floor tiles are the same as the wall tiles, and they do look a little like OSB, but clearly they're tile.

As for the original question, if you don't like the look of the lack of gap at the bottom of the tile, then pry out the tile (for example with a large screwdriver). Scrape off the thinset from the wall if some stays behind. Cut a new piece of tile about 1/8" shorter than that one. Reinstall the tile. Caulk the gap with the matching caulk from the grout manufacturer.
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