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Could you let me know what i need to do, having fitted a new bath, to tile around the bath.Do I have to make up a frame

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Make sure the tub has a lip around the two sides and back if you plan to use it as a shower, otherwise you will have water leaks. yes you need to build a standard frame whereever you plan to tile, use green or blue moisture resistant drywall as well. you will need a sturdy base for tile or the grout lines will crack and let moisture in which will eventually cause the tiles to loosen. you can be creative though and build in a shallow shelf to hold things etc. just keep the moisture un mind if it will be a shower and use appropriate flashing if needed.

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