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    Default Caulking a drop-in tub

    Nine months after my original post I finally have the tub installed. I'm pleased with the installation although I have some variation in the gap I need to caulk caused by the mud bed/tile not being perfectly in plane and some out-of-plane of the tub lip. Biggest gap is perhaps 3/16".

    Here's my question: I can probably caulk this directly, since the tub lip is 3/8" thick or so, but is there anything I should consider putting in this gap to provide a backing for the caulk?

    Rick

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    3/16" is not a very large gap. But if you want you can use backer rod. Then caulk over it using G.E. 100% silicone with anti-mildew additive.
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    Thanks. I've caulked what seems like a million miles of window trim and such. Have heard of backer rod but never run across it. I'm sure I can find some in H* or L***s. I agree I can fill the 3/16" without a "backstop", but using silicone I want to do this in one pass since silicone will not adhere to silicone and if a portion of the gap is just a bit too large I'll wind up trying to fill the entire tub overhag with goop.

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    If your situation is simply that there's NOTHING on the back of the gap you can fill it with tape... I prefer the yellowish white looking masking tape that is used when painting. You can place it where needed being sure to just hide it real good with caulk.

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