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  1. KateJ

    KateJ TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Southampton
    Hello
    I'm making some beginner's mistakes and also need advice please....

    I've tiled the shower but the tiles fitted perfectly at the bottom of the corner - and didn't at the top so I have a 1cm gap. Shoud I try to cut a thin strip of tile and wedge it in with lots of adhesive or keep grouting until the grout fills it? I have limited tiles so didn't want to cut them as you should do.

    The purple wall - really hard to get paint off - can I tile over it?

    The floor with drainage pipe - I amitco'd the floor and tiled down to the pipe - is there a nifty way of boxing it in and sealing it?

    The front of the shower - the shower is raised to allow drainage. Problem is - the support is flush ot the front. How do I cover it? I thought a steel door kickplate might work....

    Really appreciate any advice. xx


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  2. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Well gentlemen??? ;)
     
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  3. pdc

    pdc Speling & grammer specialyst Professional Tiler

    Unfortunately you haven't checked levels before starting tiling. You should also have run a datum line around the room to work off of.
    Having "limited tiles" and not wanting to cut them will always end badly I'm afraid.
    For the pipe you can just box it in and tile it.
    The front of the shower tray could be boarded and tiled or possibly a piece of plastic facia board might be deep enough. Measure it and ask your local friendly guttering man if he has any offcuts to save buying a whole length.
    The gap in the tiles at the top... It's too small for a slither of tile and too big for grout really.
     
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  4. KateJ

    KateJ TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Southampton
    I know the gap is too big for one application of grout but what if I grout every day for a week??
    I don't know how to box - I'll trawl youtube..
    Plastic facia excellent idea!
     
  5. Sean Kelly

    Sean Kelly Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Ruislip
    You see...............tiling is easy isn't it ? !!!!!

    I hope you didn't do the plumbing!

    Luckily the 1cm gap is at the top.....there is less chance of water penetration from the shower. Just grout it.

    Purple wall.......if you can't get the paint off then that's a good thing. Try the duct tape trick. Put some pieces of duct tape (really sticky tape) on various parts of the wall and leave it there for half an hour. Try pulling the tape off. If the paint comes off with the tape then you will have to scrape the rest of the paint off before you can tile. If the paint stays on the wall then score the wall with a stanley blade and tile. Also try wetting the wall with a sponge. If the paint is emulsion it will turn back into wet paint.

    Pipe....there is no easy way to box it in because if you box it in you will have to tile it. If you tile it then you will have to use some tile trim on the edge of the box. You could try using a tile and some silicone and stick the tile to the wall and floor (making a little triangle house for your pipe). You might have to cut a few tiles though. However, if you run out of tiles they look like they only cost 40p a tile.

    Front of shower: As PDC says, a piece of white plastic like what double glazing firms use.

    Good luck.
     
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  6. AndY mac

    AndY mac Professional Tiler

    ^^^what the what.
     
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  7. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    All this time coming on here, on YouTube, buying tools, spending what I imagine to be a long time having a go at tiling it, to achieve what is turning out to be a bad job that will leak Water into the shower wall within weeks. For what it would have cost you to have a tiler in to tile it properly for you, doesn't make sense to me!
    Your up against it I'm afraid due to bad set out mainly and poor cutting.

    You can box in the pipe with some wooden batons and either wood/ plasterboard or whatever else if your not tiling it.
     
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  8. KateJ

    KateJ TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Southampton
    Oh dear Localtiler doesn't sound very positive!
    A tiler quoted £500 to do the bathroom. The tiles cost 99p on Ebay - the adhesive Freecycle and I paid normal price for the grout. The shower has been tanked thoroughly over green plasterboard. I can't tile up to the ceiling until that gap has been filled.
    If I use wooden batons will a coat of oil based paint be enough to keep water out?

    Thank you Sean Kelly - great advice!
     
  9. pdc

    pdc Speling & grammer specialyst Professional Tiler

    I'm a bit confused by what you mean by "gap to the ceiling"?
     
  10. KateJ

    KateJ TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Southampton
    I was referring to the hole in the ceiling (and changing the subject slightly sorry)!
     
  11. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    You have used those tubs of ready mixed adhesive that I told you not to use in your last thread haven't you?
     
  12. pdc

    pdc Speling & grammer specialyst Professional Tiler

    If it's that little hole in the corner by the coving if you had cut the tile to the ceiling it probably would have covered it, if not you could use a bit of caulking after tiling if needed.
     
  13. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Lancashire
    :D:D:D
     
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  14. KateJ

    KateJ TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Southampton
    Thank you pdc! Mr Fish - yes I did. I couldn't see why not.
     
  15. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    It's ok, you obviously know better than me!
     
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