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Old 10-26-2017, 03:16 PM   #1
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Repairing a botched tile job


My daughter and her roommate just had a family member remodel their bathroom. In a nut shell, they made a mess of everything. What I have a question on is the wall tile where it 'should' meet the tub. The new tile was held up about 3/4 of an inch from the tub. I have no idea why. There was new durock put on the three walls surrounding the tub/shower. The guy put 'one' coat of redgard on the backer. The wall tile is 4X6 white subway tile.

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1. tear off the bottom row of tile, cut 6X6 tile to replace it so they reach within an 1/8" of the tub.

2. Buy the tile 1/4 round and bridge the gap.

3 and I'm not sure this is feasible? Use bull nosed border tile and bond it to the gap under the tile with thinset and the face of the tile that is now on the wall with mastic.

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I like the idea of removing the first row and cutting down 6X6 to fit. The difference won't be that much where you may notice the two different sizes, and it will look the same all around.

Does the tile go all the way up to the ceiling, and if so, is that top piece a full 4X6 piece? If so, they probably didn't take the time to properly measure and lay the tile out prior to installing it, or were too lazy and didn't want to make extra cuts up top and where the tub meet.

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I like the idea of removing the first row and cutting down 6X6 to fit. The difference won't be that much where you may notice the two different sizes, and it will look the same all around.

Does the tile go all the way up to the ceiling, and if so, is that top piece a full 4X6 piece? If so, they probably didn't take the time to properly measure and lay the tile out prior to installing it, or were too lazy and didn't want to make extra cuts up top and where the tub meet.

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Yes, the tile goes all the way to the ceiling and on top of that, the top piece was cut about as much as the bottom is short.
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Wow!! Was there a gap at top also, or are you saying they cut 3/4 of an inch off it and went tight?
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Wow!! Was there a gap at top also, or are you saying they cut 3/4 of an inch off it and went tight?
They cut 'about 3/4's inch off the top tile and it goes to the ceiling. Even if it had been too tight at the top, they wouldn't have had to cut as much off and the top tile it would have 'appeared' to be the same size as the field tile.
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Buy the 6x6 before you start removing the bottom row. Even white has many shades. And there could be variations on the 6" dimension too.

(I once drove all over town trying to find a few pieces of white tile to fix my friend's floor. Never did find the same shade and texture, but close enough. When she sold the house, I was helping her move out --- found a stack of the original white tiles in the basement ! )
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Buy the 6x6 before you start removing the bottom row. Even white has many shades. And there could be variations on the 6" dimension too.

(I once drove all over town trying to find a few pieces of white tile to fix my friend's floor. Never did find the same shade and texture, but close enough. When she sold the house, I was helping her move out --- found a stack of the original white tiles in the basement ! )
Very good point. When tiling any job, it's important to get tiles with the same batch code, as there can be color variations of the same exact tile. Which now leads me to this suggestion: perhaps use a contrasting color such as black, and tile the bottom row, including the sides going to the floor, black.

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