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Just finished laying 12x12 porcelain tile in bathroom. Is there any reason why I cant put up 4x12 tile baseboard and grout everything at the same time?
 

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I've got matching caulk to do the top of the tile against the wall
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That is a personal peeve of mine. I believe it should be a finished edge (bullnose, etc) of use a profile. Bare tile edge with caulk looks tacky at best.


Profiles are my choice as they offer multiple shapes, colors and options. They are usually much cheaper than bullnose pieces too.
 

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Say Angus242, am I understanding your post where you said not to grout the spaces between the tile base, 1/4" but instead caulk these spaces? If so, why? I would think you would grout the tile base and the floor at the same time.
 

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You never grout a change of plane or butting to dissimilar materials.

The walls and floor will move in 2 different directions (therefore are a change of plane). Cementitious grout will crack. Silicone is flexible to about 25% (if I'm not mistaken) and will absorb the differential movement.
 

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Ok, bear with me. I know not to grout the seam between the floor and base tile. But the vertical spaces between each base tile would get grouted to match the floor, yes?
 

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I think 3 inch bullnose looks funny as base trim. I get the finished edge thing but almost every tile has one good painted edge and as long as that is faced up then I think it looks good. I like trim more 5 or 6 inches than the 3 inches though.

On grouting...why don't you just grout between the floor and the base and on top of the base and then color caulk it or clear silicone it after it is dry? That is what I do and I just use my margin trowel to square off the grout in both areas.
 

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UrbanTile said:
I think 3 inch bullnose looks funny as base trim. I get the finished edge thing but almost every tile has one good painted edge and as long as that is faced up then I think it looks good. I like trim more 5 or 6 inches than the 3 inches though.

On grouting...why don't you just grout between the floor and the base and on top of the base and then color caulk it or clear silicone it after it is dry? That is what I do and I just use my margin trowel to square off the grout in both areas.
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Most base tiles that I have laid were travertine, so they looked too nice to cover with a finished edge. As for ceramic, I have used a nice edge. On only a few have I just caulked it. The HO didn't want to spend any more $. They just wanted me to cut the tile to 4" and run with it.

Angus, don't you caulk the finished edge? If not, how do you deal with wavy walls?
 

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I use a profile. Has a very small "lip" on the back. I will use painters caulk to fill that and the painters follows me and does his thing. Nice transition from the paint to the profile. Looks great.

I understand HO's have budgets. However, unfinished tile is not an option for me. It's my name on the install. Just like I wouldn't "cheapen" what's under the tile, I won't do it for the finish either. Just how I roll....:jester:
 

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OThat is what I do and I just use my margin trowel to square off the grout in both areas.
True tile professionals stop using their margin trowel because their fingernail squares off at the tip. That's how you can tell a pro from a handyman/DIY. With painters, it's slightly different, but that's a professional secret I can't divulge on the internet unless I post it.
 

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Most base tiles that I have laid were travertine, so they looked too nice to cover with a finished edge.
There are different grades of travertine. I have a love/hate relationship with the tumbled stuff. When I do that, I'm referred to as "tile slayer" because with those, you can get away with murder. Some people like that look. But then again, some folks like rough tile and way wide joints.
Heck, some folks like un/semi gauged stuff. Must be art.
 

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Just finished laying 12x12 porcelain tile in bathroom. Is there any reason why I cant put up 4x12 tile baseboard and grout everything at the same time?
Did you tell the customer beforehand you were a painter and don't know a lot about tile?
 

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Yep, but I've done alot of other things for them besides painting, so they didn't have a problem with me laying the tile. You"ve got to start somewhere and theres people like you and others that replied to this post with all the answers, Thanks
 
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