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Old 08-11-2018, 11:34 AM   #1
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Tile to Drywall Transition Help!


I'm doing a bath tub replacement and the opening is larger than normal. The tub is installed (no going back) and the gap is too big on the side opposite the plumbing (7/8" clear between tub and stud and 1-1/8" between stud and front face of flange, see images below). I plan install 1/2" plywood, then 1/2" cement board, which works for the tub and tile. However, I will have a transition between tile and drywall as there will be an extra 1/2" thickness to overcome. Note, tile is 3x6 subway and will extend to ceiling.

Options at tile to drywall transition:
1. Run wood casing or quarter round floor to ceiling (including between tile and window opening). Do you think bull nose or regular tile up to molding? I will bull nose on the other vertical transition.
2. Use a mud cap tile and trim the return side if needed
3. Use a quarter round tile

Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:11 PM   #2
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Not a tile pro here.... I would not use any type wood trim to butt the tiles to, just not conducive to good tile work. Go with bullnose tiles if at all possible. And I would be hesitant about putting plywood on the wall even if it is being covered with Cement board. Because if it ever gets moisture in it and decides to swell outward... ouch. All JMO though
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Roofing felt between the plywood and the cement board will protect the plywood from moisture. IMO wood molding to transition from the tile to drywall would be last resort. I'd prime the backside of the wood if I went that route.
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Gatta love 59" tubs.
Looks like you have a short wall at the drain end of the tub, space out that end so the tub fits snug 3 sides You would have move the valves to fit the new plane too. You just need strips of wood on the studs.
Yes new drain kit too.
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Old 08-24-2018, 10:52 AM   #5
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To trim out the tile, I would use this:

Schluter Rondec


Its nice stuff. You can miter the corners if you don't want to buy the expensive connectors.
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