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Old 01-23-2020, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hi Contractor Community! I am an electrician by trade and understand the construction world; however, I recently had some work completed in my home and have questions around the tile installation in my shower (not my area of expertise, but hoping someone here can help). Our installer used grout caulk instead of sanded grout mix after having to repair tiles that were installed with pre-existing scratches and cracks. I specifically asked not to have the grout caulk used, but that didn't happen. Custom Building Products "Ceramic Tile Grout" was used...the data sheet says this should be used where planes change, but in my shower it was used between tiles and I was told this was done because this material would bond to the existing grout. Does this sound right? Research seems to point at the existing grout being ground down and the area re-grouted. This was an expensive project and I want to make sure it was done correctly. Any help is appreciated. I tried to look up the TCNA guidelines but can't find a free copy to verify the work was done according to industry standards.
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Old 01-23-2020, 04:10 PM   #2
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was used, but then you also say it was their, I assume, color matched sanded caulk.

If sanded caulk was used in the field, no, that's not an acceptable installation technique.

The idea that it is needed to bond to original grout is not the case. I've cut out tiles and replaced them many times, and used sanded grout in the repair.

Caulk is for transitions.

And I've never had good success with those color matched caulks.

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Old 01-23-2020, 09:08 PM   #3
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That's a b.s. repair and excuse for it. Was there any leftover grout from the original install? Maybe he didn't feel like making a trip for another bag.
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How difficult is it to go pick up a bag of grout that was used on the rest of the shower? $10-$15?? Custom products are available at all HD's.
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did he do the tile install or just repairing it?
Nothing but grout should be used between tiles.
Like other said the color match grout caulk is for places you would use caulk.

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How difficult is it to go pick up a bag of grout that was used on the rest of the shower? $10-$15?? Custom products are available at all HD's.
MAN! you gotta mix it, wait, mix again then apply, then wait again and then clean up and seal. I ain't got time for that! lol

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