Walls not plumb...

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Msisell, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Msisell

    Msisell New Member

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    We have a concern, we just finished putting the backer board up in our shower and found where the wall meets it is not square. It looks good at bottom corner but as it goes up the back wall must be set back some. The gap in the corner starts from nothing to about an inch at ceiling. Should we take the cement board off and build it out somehow? I was told to just fill it in with the thinset but that won't square the tiles as i set them outwards from the corner. Maybe it will all work out just want to make sure before I move forward. Thanks for your time!
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Often the walls can be a little off.
    If you have put a level on it, and it's an inch off from bottom to top, that's a lot.

    When installing tile, you start from the middle and make your cuts in the corners. That way, most of what you see will be vertical, and the only tiles that are a bit off are in the corners. Your eye is less judgemental there.
  3. Msisell

    Msisell New Member

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    Great thanks! Next question... Do I need to apply silicone or something where the cement board meets the homemade shower pan?
  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    An inch from top to bottom is a lot, and will make tiling a real pain. I would pull it down and work on straightening it out. Cutting some long tapered shims would be worth the effort you save in trying to make the tile look right later.
  5. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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