When re-tiling a bath tub/shower how far up should the tile go? Does the tile need to extend past the shower nozzle by a certain distance?

Asked by Bellref, 90065 Fri Aug 13, 2010

We are in LA city. Could not find any specific codes on the Building & Safety website.

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Joe Nernberg, , Calabasas, CA
Sun Aug 15, 2010
If you want your tile surround to meet the minimum code - it must be 70 inches above the shower drain. If your goal is great work and performance, then Anthony's answer is best. Plumbing fixture manufacturer's suggest the shower arm outlet at 60 inches. Better: Add the height of the tallest occupant and add 2 inches for an optimum shower arm outlet. I hate to duck under a shower head to get wet!
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Anthony Perez, Agent, Northridge, CA
Sat Aug 14, 2010
I am a certified ICC code inspector the same as the Building and Safety certification as well as a 21 year licensed A-1 Engineering and General contractor, the code is minimum 72" from the floor. I always like to go ABOVE the shower arm.

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Shel-lee Dav…, Agent, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Sat Aug 14, 2010
You might try giving a call to the building dept or stopping by. They often have spec sheets for common remodels, explaining what needs to be done to pass inpection. I have also been able to get simple answers for very targetted questions by speaking directly with an inspector. You usually have to call between 7:30 & 8:30 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. to reach an inspector. Most of the people at the building dept are very friendly & helpful. Good luck on your remodel & Dare to Dream.

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Anthony Perez, Agent, Northridge, CA
Fri Aug 13, 2010
ICC building Code is 72 inches minimum from the bottom of the shower pan whatever you want to do after that is your choice.

I like tile on the ceiling because of steam (water vapor) passes through gypsum board (drywall) causing mold.
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