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Our tub has a lip around the top of 3 sides. The tub was either set in a little crooked or the wall is crooked. The inside corner on the faucet end of the tub the concrete wallboard is recessed about 1/8 to 3/8 inch from the tub lip. On the inside corner of the other end the tub lip is recessed from the wall board. Is there any way we can install ceramic tile without dismantling the entire surround? Would it be best to go with a solid surround? If so, we need an idea about how to cover or trim the tub lip on the outside of the tub. Thank you for any advice you can give. Betty Ferrell

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    Cut the tip off the tube of caulk, and load the fresh tube into the caulking gun. Puncture the seal inside the tip of the tube using a nail, stiff wire or the special puncturing tool built onto many caulk guns.

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    Insert backer rod into large openings. These foam strips are available in sizes ranging from 3/8 inch to over 1 inch, and should be perfect for most bathroom filler needs. For larger holes, consider using a foam spray filler, but be careful as the foam expands a great deal and could overflow onto your work area if too much is used.

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    Caulk the joints as you normally would. For large cracks, don't force your caulking into the crevice, but simply form a bead over the crack. Use multiple beads and a caulking tool or piece of scrap lumber to shape the caulk and remove excess.

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    Allow the caulk to dry for 4 to 6 hours. Using the tip of your utility knife, check that the caulk adhered to all edges and formed a seal. For really large cracks, it may be necessary to repeat the process.

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    When caulking open cracks, place a bead along each edge of the crack. Allow the caulk to set for 5 minutes, and apply a third bead over the first two. Use the damp sponge to shape and remove excess caulk.

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