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  1. slicendice

    slicendice Active Member

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    I'm just wondering how to tile round an internal corner in terms of how to butt the tiles up to the wall. As they say, a picture says a thousand words, so should I go for A or B:

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    And whichever option I go for, am I right in thinking that I'd need to caulk the join between the tiles that meet, rather than grout?

    Thanks...
     
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  2. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    I would go 99 times out 100 .
    Not caulk but silicone
     
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  3. slicendice

    slicendice Active Member

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Ok, I'll use silicone, thanks.

    But 99 times out of 100 you'd go...?
     
  4. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    A
     
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  5. slicendice

    slicendice Active Member

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Brill, thanks :thumbsup:
     
  6. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    Same same ^^
     
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  7. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    Same, use a decent silicone
     
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  8. paul3944

    paul3944 Active Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
  9. david mccullough

    david mccullough Active Member

    Location:
    northern ireland
    a technique i use is-
    tile one wall, then spread adhesive on other wall, then before sticking tiles on adjacent wall put a bead of silicon in corner making sure it,s sticking to tiles, them stick tiles on wall so silicon is in contact with both sides of tile, but don't let silicon push out from behind tiles, then grout over the joint,
     
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  10. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    David, why ?
     
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  11. david mccullough

    david mccullough Active Member

    Location:
    northern ireland
    sorry, i do it on internal corner walls of showers, if one wall is a stud wall,it seals the corner, it and i'd rather look at grout in the corner instead of silicon.
     
  12. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Grout cracks and doesn't allow for movement and it's wrong
     
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  13. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
    Similar situation to doing external rendering/rough casting around window/door reveals where some will sandwich silicone sealant between the scratch and top coats, it ensures the seal movement joint is encapsulated. Then finish with an additional seal on top. I guess it’s down to what you have been taught. Preference etc.
     
  14. david mccullough

    david mccullough Active Member

    Location:
    northern ireland
    yes but i have found that if the grout does crack then the silicon in behind stops the water penetrating, and i've went back to showers years after having used this method and and the silicon helps to stop the grout in the corner cracking. also no one wants to look ak a newly tiled shower with silicon in the corner, no matter how well the silicon is fitted.
     
  15. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
    I personally don’t have a problem with your methods, if that’s the way you do it, and it works, don’t be put off by what others might say.
     
  16. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    What do you do with floor to wall joint and other internal corners out of the wet area ?
     
  17. david mccullough

    david mccullough Active Member

    Location:
    northern ireland
    the same, having first tanked the wet area
     
  18. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    North East England
    I do internal corners of shower areas and along baths with a double bead of silicone.
     
  19. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
    I’ll do along bath and shower trays with a double seal as well.
     
  20. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    North East England
    I said it first!;)
     
  21. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I going to use @3_fall@3_fall magic silicone man.. :)
     
  22. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
    The way to go! o_O
     
  23. pdc

    pdc Professional Tiler

    So do I, the second bead usually covers up the mess I made with the first!
     
  24. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    If you've got grout in the joint at all it won't allow for movement . Now we are not talking about the integrity of the joint but the the stress it can put on the rest of the installation . You are meant to have a movement joint between two abutting surfaces .
     
  25. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
     
  26. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
    In the situation discussed the grout is only cosmetic ,(on the surface, ) any movement, the grout will crack and fail, without comprising the integrity of the joint.
    Once had a customer say, when l had finished a shower, “what’s that in the corner” it’s silicone sealant ( normal practice in the situation) bla,bla,bla, . “Don’t like it , get rid of it, l want grout”
    Yes mam, using a double edge blade cut the silicone back to the corner , and grouted over to conceal the silicone. No problem.
    If that’s what the customer wants.
     
  27. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury

    As I said it's not just about the integrity of the joint you are meant to have a movement joint between two abutting surfaces to stop the installation getting stressed by movement between the two surfaces . Even In a dry corner it should be silicone to allow for movement between the two surfaces .
     
  28. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
     
  29. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
    As detailed above the corner has been silicone, the grout is only cosmetic not structural in any way, and as such will not hinder movement.
     
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