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Old 11-26-2015, 03:01 PM   #1
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Tub Wall Bull-nose ?

I am currently doing the tile on the tub wall on a job. My boss and I see the bull-nose as a different way of doing it, so what is correct, or how should it be done? I have done lots of floor tile, but few tube surrounds, never with the front edging outside of the tub area!

The tile is 10" high to start with a accent strip in the middle going up. I say run the nose from the floor, tub approx. 16" high and run full edge up with a cut at the ceiling, let the joints be staggered.

He wants to start at the floor, run to tub, cut, run 3 full rows to line up with the 3 rows of 10" then 4" of accent, then run with the 10" again, line up the joints of the bull-nose with the tile?

What do you guys do, and what is correct, or looks best??

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Old 11-26-2015, 04:01 PM   #2
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Re: Tub Wall Bull-nose ?

How does the customer want it??
I've done random and matched joints. If done your boss' way, work down so the bottom one is cut. Don't do a random cut to equal top of tub.


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Re: Tub Wall Bull-nose ?

Though I'm inclined toward your way - the bullnose is a frame, not a continuation of the field - either way is fine. If you do it your boss's way, the 4" piece has to be perfect.
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I never match grout lines with the field tiles especially if using an accent tile in the field.
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Just so you know, sometimes the bull nose isn't the same exact size as the field. Starts looking funky after a few tile.
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Re: Tub Wall Bull-nose ?

I would run full length bullnose the entire length except for at ceiling/floor as needed. I'd plan it so that a bullnose seam didn't land within that 4" accent area and keep the other seams from lining up as well that way.


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