You’ll need to keep it clean and dry regularly or you’ll have issues with it. More likely, however, the biggest issue is that the water behind the tile (completely normal) drains to the bottom of the wall and has no way to escape into the tub. The only time I will use grout for a plane change is when I am using epoxy grout. So again, my husband repeated his repair process. Doesn’t have a finished edge though. Question: can we put silicone caulk over these areas to cover pink without causing further issues? Also, how soon after grouting can I silicone? If that is something I need to use… Then what is it? Where to Caulk in a Shower In addition to caulking shower fixtures, experienced tile setters caulk-in all changes in planes in showers including corners, surface edges and wall-to-floor intersections. It will not stay if the grout has no grout line to hold onto – if it is simply attempting to grab onto the face of the tiles at a 90 degree angle. Edges- should have been schluter metals or done differently. SAFETY FIRST | While there are pros and cons of each, I am in the camp that uses caulk. Thank you. Yes, spectralock pro is my favorite epoxy grout. Can I silicone the next day. In a kitchen where you are maybe only 4 tiles high I would grout, but in an area of floor - celing height tiles I would always silicone. Finding the problem to fix-i hope you’re guy has returned your call. Finally, I watched the video by laticrete on how to install the latasil and they were using some type of “gasket” in the changes of plane prior to the latasil. I am using the Aquadefense to waterproof the entire shower. Previous post: How Large Should Grout Lines Be? End of post! Do you have a traditional liner mud bed (the two layers with a liner between)? I am going to use either latasil or laticrete premium acrylic caulk for the changes of plane. Be careful not to drag out any of the grout from the corners of the tiles. Tub to floor - looks like too much grout, maybe cleaning it would help. As mentioned, silicone works well in places where shifts in pressure can cause your grout to crack. Silicone internal corners in shower & bathroom? 28th Apr 2012, 02:02 PM #2 It is commonly referred to as ‘pink mold’. With gaps that large what you can do it install a bead of silicone against one side about 1/8″ thick (leaving the rest of the gap open), then once cured grout between the tile and silicone. It requires mixing with water to activate its adhesive properties, which become rock-hard when the grout cures. Normal expansion and contraction cause small amounts of movement to occur there. Placing caulk over grout in the corners will just lead to cracked grout in the corners that can not fall out – but it’ll still be cracked. Everything I’m about to tell you is fixable easily. Click Above to have professional TileTips sent directly to your inbox. How do you keep grout out of the corners without the walls near the corner looking sloppy. This practice is highly outdated and inefficient, because it does not deal with the deep-rooted issues with caulking in the first place. That being the case, I will discuss using grout first. Saw some large cultured marble floor tiles and thresholds at HD and Lowes that would need to be cut down. Under will be thinset/mesh tape (might fabric these also). So, even though the shower has hardly been used and it has been over a year since last use, we have suddenly developed pink grout! Stephanie, I suspect sealing first (the silicone will have lots to key to anyway) but I wanted to check first. Grout should be used in between joints of the same plane. Or which your supposed to use. DISCLAIMER | I am currently using Laticrete permacolor select as my goto grout – it’s good stuff too. My least favorite base are the prefab fiberglass. It’s a bathtub/shower combo with porcelain tiles measuring 3×9 in size. 1. If so then you don’t need to do anything with it – gravity makes everything work correctly. Tiles start at the base of the bathtub & go up to the ceiling. How to apply grout ↳ Welcome to the Ultimate Handyman DIY Forum. As much as I hate silicone caulk and would love to just grout corners and be done with it, this experience alone shows that corners should be free to … It can also be caused by hard water deposits. That’s why you need to have everything waterproofed correctly before any tile is installed. Cracked missing grout to shower internal corners? In addition to silicone, the TCNA recommends urethane or multi-polymer caulks. 2)There is sanded grout which I used for my flat porcelain surfaces. Also, do you have a grout preference? He discussed issues before and during our own install and was happy to take all our questions. In my second home we bought poly stone. Don’t be frustrated if the end result doesn’t look as nice as you expected. The first reason I consider to simply be regular maintenance and the latter is less of a problem since most major grout manufacturers sell matching caulk. Would the wall that is having a leak be an interior wall? Coastline Scaffolding - Erections to be jealous of - Scaffolding in Chichester, Bognor + East/West Sussex<. We are using Davco grout for the rest. I’ve just finished tiling the bathtub walls and two questions if possible . If not, I would start making alot of calls asking around for a qualified plumber or construction/tile installer for a second opinion. 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