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Old 05-13-07, 04:29 AM
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tile up to wall

quick question. I left the space on my subfloor between the wall and the end of the plywood for expansion. My question is that when I lay the tile do I also leave a gap at all or do I tile up to the end of the wall and lay grout. The wall will be obviously covered with floor molding so a gap is not an issue. I am just wondering what the general practice is
 
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Old 05-13-07, 09:30 AM
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I don't know what the general practice is, I just know what I do. I normally leave a small gap, 1/8 inch or so, and then caulk it in case there's ever a leak or flood of some sort. I wouldn't use grout against the wall, even under base where it won't show. It will crack and break up due to the expansion and contraction rate differences between the wood of the wall and the tile and because the wall moves differently from the floor putting lots of stress on it. After it does, it will provide no protection at all so there's no sense doing it. If you don't use caulk, just cover it with the base.
 
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You should avoid hard to hard contact at walls. As mentioned if a wall were to shift from expansion, water damage, quake, whatever, a monolithic type solid floor with no perimeter gaps, may pop tiles when such an event occurs. I would use caulk or nothing at all if covered.
 
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