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  1. cozzie

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    Basically here's the deal, the grout between my tiles are starting to crack. It is happening inside the shower and outside as well. The tiles themselves are fine. The tiles are maybe 8x10. The guy who lived here before tried to fix things up, and he messed up a few things. My question is did he mess something up or are the cracks in the grout just from settling. I've done basic tile work on the floor ,making a bar , etc. Just wondering if i need to scrape out & regrout the joints then seal them or do I need professional help.



    I'll try to post some pics tommorrow, I live in Hunterton Cty NJ, so if anyone around pm please. TY.
     
  2. FAZ8218

    FAZ8218 Good eeeeeeeevening.
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    I guess it depends on how bad the cracks are... pics will help.
     
  3. MJMANDALAY

    MJMANDALAY Registered User

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    Get some good pics up, I can advise you.
     
  4. cozzie

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    small cracks some the whole length of the tile , grout line is maybe 1/4 " camera is at my buddies will have pics tom.


    got my buddy bringing the camerea , hopefully have them up in a 1/2 hour
     
  5. WMB

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    Yeah, get the pics. I'm in Bucks Pa just across the river from you, so you have some local help.
     
  6. Ballbuster1

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    Pics will help, but if it's just cracks in the grout and the tiles are
    not lifting you may be able to just remove the grout, replace it and
    reseal it with out too much trouble. I've seen alot of tile jobs that
    look bad but are just poor grouting jobs.
     
  7. cozzie

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    Left Outside of Shower
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    Right Outside of Shower
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    Inside
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    Outside Top Right
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    took all pics vert with the camera so they need to be turned upright which i have no idea how to do.
     
  8. Jef Leppard

    Jef Leppard 4/5 ths

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    get a grout remover ( lil hand tool) scrape it out regrout reseal.....simple rainy day job,boring but easy
     
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    Looks to me like the grout was done pretty well. I've seen much worse.
    The cracking is most likely from movement in the walls, not from bad grout application.
    The 90 degree joints at the floor and wall corners should always be done with a urethane caulk that matches the grout color.
    Not silicone, it doesn't bond well to the tiles over time.
    Urethane caulk is flexible, ridiculously strong, and bonds very well.
    It's also hard apply well. Practice first, it's not very forgiving.

    The crack you have in the flat wall is probably along a seam in the backer board that wasn't taped properly, or doesn't have wood between the studs horizontally along the seam to strengthen the joint.

    Not a lot you can do about that, just regrout it and keep it watertight.
    If you don't care about a perfect match on the flat surface, you could caulk that row. It won't look right, but it'll last longer.
     
  11. Sinn Fein

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    That shouldn't be too bad to repair. I agree with the suggestion about using caulk instead of grout at the floor and wall corners. WMB is a pro at this stuff. He'll steer ya right.
     
  12. Mafialife Chris

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    I second that from experience as well.

    Your fine. Unless you see mold.

    If your seeing mold, you may need cement board after a good cleaning.

    After reviewing the pics, i'd say your good to just regrout.
     
  13. Myhairygrundle

    Myhairygrundle Screw you guys, I'm going home.

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    Do you not have Mexicans in Hunterton City? They usually carry them at your local Home Depot. They can fix just about anything. Buena suerte, Hermano.


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  14. cozzie

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    thanks for all the help, I think i'll tackle this little job this weekend.
     

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