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  1. Octopus8

    Octopus8 New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Lichfield
    Hi, can anyone please offer a reason why the uptiles at the front of 2 ensuite walk in showers (below the shower screen) have cracked along the top corner edge? It's not just the grout that is cracked but the actual tiles themselves have cracked as well. The same thing has happened in 2 of the ensuites. The cracking suggests some movement (maybe shower tray not secured?).

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    May I be the first to say this is nothing without pictures, if I can't see it, it didn't happen. ;)
     
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  3. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    Can you upload a picture of the problem
     
  4. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    I picture these as the tiles around the tray vertically, a tray on plastic feet and movement in the middle will put stress on the edge of the probably ceramic tile and crack it. Other ensuite exactly the same suggests new build?
     
  5. Octopus8

    Octopus8 New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Lichfield
    Thanks for your replies. Image attached.

    tiles.jpg
     
  6. Octopus8

    Octopus8 New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Lichfield
    Sorry yes it a new build
     
  7. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    And another picture of the whole area please, not sure what I'm looking at.
     
  8. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    That looks like a stone tile? Is it?
     
  9. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    And is that just below a mitre?
     
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  10. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Is it a raised level access tiled tray?

    I agree- Looks like the tiles have been mitred.

    The whole lot has to come up to see what’s moved.
     
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  11. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    New build, drying now so shrinking timer everywhere, delicate mitred edge on stone has had weight transferred to it and cracked.
     
  12. Octopus8

    Octopus8 New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Lichfield
    Ok guys, the attached images should explain more about why the cracks have appeared maybe?

    Also, client wants a bathroom fitter/tiler to go in the property and provide confirmation that movement is the cause of the tiles cracking (more likely poorly fitted walk in shower tray in that case?). Client will pay (but not silly quotes). Property is in London at Chelsea Waterfront (near Brompton Overground station). Anyone interested then please let me know.

    abdul1.jpg abdul2.jpg abdul3.jpg
     
  13. pdc

    pdc Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    It looks like those photos are of the problem being repaired, if that is the case can't the person doing the repair tell what the cause of the original problem was? More importantly, what has been done to ensure it doesn't happen again?
     
  14. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Very difficult to say what’s gone wrong. When it comes to wet room formers things need to be perfect. It could be something as simple as the timber not being screwed to the floor or the timber having too high a moisture content when installed. It could be the XPS former not bonded properly to the adhesive, wrong adhesive used etc etc.

    Some people (myself included) would only be interested in starting again. I don’t put my name to rooms that are patched up or half jobs. That’s not snobbery, it’s purely because you know how everything is done plus when you put your name to half a job, people judge you on the whole job.
     
  15. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Sorry to ask but if you’re not the client or the guy repairing the job what is your relationship to it?
     
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