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Old 04-19-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Replacing recessed soap dish

I am replacing a recessed soap dish in my tub shower. The home is 1939 or so, mud job I think, lots of other nuances, but on the tile.

The replacement with a flange will fit.

I need DIY instructions on the bonding material to cement the recessed replacement and keep water out over the top.

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Old 04-19-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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CX thanks for the tip it was an ipad thing

now with pictures, i might get a little help . . .
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The problem isn't getting the new one in, its getting the old one out. The huge problem is not chipping the nearby tiles. This job will take lots of patience. Lots.

You'll fare best by first removing the grout around the old dish. Take your time. Then move on to cutting the old dish into sections, scoring it with a slow speed diamond wheel, breaking out little pieces as you go. Once you get the old dish out the new one can be set with thinset, depending on how much damage is done to the mud walls.

Take and post pics along the way.
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Well I've got a Dremel rotary and a Dremel multimax. I was planning on taking the grout out first, then I read somewhere about drilling into the old piece with w small/medium drill, every inch or so. Then, use the Dremel to connect the holes until removed.

Cabot - when you say damage to mud job, what do you mean? and by thinset you mean standard thinset, nothing special? I'm not an ace on tile adhesive terminology. What kind of issues might I find behind? Replacement is the only option - other tiles in the area have cracking behind the glaze. I'm sure there is water damage behind but it it outside the scope of this project to do anything more than repair.

Lastly I've read that a bead of silicone on the top of the new dish is best, keeping out water from getting in behind. T/F?
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JJ,

1- Can you number your questions? It saves on typing and we aren't paid by the word. Come to think of it we aren't paid at all.

2- Sometimes large chunks fall out, it turns to sand, there isn't anything behind the tile anymore, you interrupt your neighbors bath.

3- Standard thinset such as Versabond. Nothing less that $11/ bag. Dry powder that you mix with water.

4- See #2

5- 100% silicone is best all around the perimeter of the new dish, unless it sets flush with the rest of the tiles. In that case grout as usual.

6- Don't worry about the terminology. We'll fix that and you'll learn as you go.
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Yep, get the old one out and post another pic.
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i think i'm tackling this over the weekend - pics will follow.
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