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Old 07-18-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Removing Broken Ceramic Wall Mount Soap Dishes

I have two ceramic wall mount soap dishes I need to remove (and replace).

One is over a pedestal sink.

One is over a tub.

Problem is I don't know whether it has a recessed lid behind it or whether it was applied right over existing tiles.

I am unable to find replacement tiles (these were probably put in back in the 60s, 70s) if I end up breaking adjacent tiles.

What is the best way to remove these soap dishes?
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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The first is more than likely a Thinset mount and the second looks like it would have to be a Recessed mount.

Either way, a few good careful whacks with a small hammer usually does the trick.

Good luck.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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Tips;

1- remove the surrounding grout before anything

2- perhaps cut into pieces before whacking with a hammer

3- don't pry on the other tiles

4- protect your eyes

5- try www.SaveThePinkBathrooms.com for replacements.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:39 PM   #4
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Will it be easier if I use an angle grinder with a diamond blade and score lines on the soap dish? or just go at it with a hammer and chisel.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:49 PM   #5
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The angle grinder for sure.

Stop just short of the grout line. Cut in a star pattern from the center, radiating out from the center.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:47 PM   #6
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Didn't have too much time to spend on this today, but I did carefully chisel out some of it.

Tomorrow I will power up the grinder, I didn't today because I didn't have a dust mask with me.

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Looks like these are recessed mount ones, the part in the middle will be a pain to get out.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:05 AM   #7
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now that you have all that chipped away. i would take my angle grinder and cut all the way around the outside of the soap dish and then a x through the middle. once thats done id take a flat head and pry fron the middle where you cut the x. it should pop right out.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:37 AM   #8
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What Jerry said plus;

When cutting the perimeter, don't aim the for the grout joint between the 'good tile' and the soap dish. Aim a little more inside the soap dish as to leave room for error.

If you can scrape out the perimeter grout around the dish before grinding, that would be ideal
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:21 AM   #9
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Using the grinder in there is going to be messy...

Have some sort of dust containment set up in place. Cover up your vents, towel under the door, fan blowing out the window, vaccuum etc...
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:24 PM   #10
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When cutting the perimeter, don't aim the for the grout joint between the 'good tile' and the soap dish. Aim a little more inside the soap dish as to leave room for error.
Well, wish I read this before I started...however, I did what I did.

I had on a goggle and a dust mask, and it was incredibly dusty, so that affected a bit of my ability to cut precisely.

The soap dish on top of the sink turned out fine. I did "dinged" a few spots on the tile to the left, and I cut a little bit of the top left corner.

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The one above the tub, I didn't do so well. The bottom edge I overcut a little, and since the soap dish only took up 1-1/2 tile, I had to remove the other two narrow strips of tiles on the left and right.

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I am not sure what to do with the bottom edge. Is there a way to fix this? Can I use a grinder to grinder the top edge of the bottom tile to make a bevel and in the process hide the sloppy work?

I could remove those two tiles as well but then it will look really odd.

I still have to figure out what to do with these two spots, I have no spare tiles, and I don't think I will find any. I am thinking some decorative...like a fish or something on a tile. Thoughts?
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:28 PM   #11
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I had a similar situation with a customer several years back. I cut into the wall and installed a niche. I also removed an additional inch of tile to flash the old mud walls to my new niche. I used a Mosaic that seemed to go with the harvest gold tile. This is not easy and a bit risky. It is important to try to locate studs before you begin and there is still the risk of wiring, plumbing, or Jimmy Hoffa.
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Hi M.C. Please attach your images. Thanks.


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jgleason, I understand. I think I tried to use attached images once, but I could not figure out how to attach images and be able to control how to disperse the pictures within my post.

If I link in my pic I can provide some explanation, illustrate with an image, provide more explanation, followed by another image and so on.

However with the attach feature I couldn't figure out how to control where in my post to insert the attached image as well as order. Am I missing something or this is a limitation?
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #14
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You can do those same things by using the "paper clip" icon above the reply box - it's next to the smiley's. After uploading, you can insert photos within the text anywhere you want to.
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Thank you dhagin, I will try that next time.
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