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Old 10-12-2004, 12:14 AM   #1
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soap dish in bathtub...placement

I have a question to the pros and homeowners.....Where are people placing the soap dishes and shampoo shelves in a bathtub/shower?

Normally the soap dish sits in the wall on the wide part of the tub, but then the shower water gets the soap all wet everytime the shower is on....is anyone putting the soap dish on the wall where the valves are?

Also, where is everyone putting th shampoo shelf...on the wall by the valves or on the opposite end on the tub wall?

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Old 10-12-2004, 09:16 AM   #2
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More often than not, people are putting the soap dish on the same wall as the valves, due to the fact that the tub is usually used as a shower. If you plan to use it at for taking baths, then the normal placing in the bottom center of the long wall is best. But if it'll be used mainly as a shower, then the valve wall will work better for a couple of reasons. First, it's right there in front of you, rather than hitting your leg on it (when you've got shampoo in your eyes!), and second, the spray from the shower won't be hitting it, turning the soap into much. Same for the corner shelf. I'll always recommend that it fo in the corner between the long wall and the valve wall.
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Old 10-12-2004, 09:51 AM   #3
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Eyup, hubbie and myself were having this very discussion last evening.

We'll prolly put the soap dish where Bill suggests and a shampoo nich on the opposite wall. I've also been thinking about also putting a small corner shelf in the corner by shower valves to hold shaving stuff.

A grab bar will go where the soap dish has traditionally been set, on the wide wall under the window frame.
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It's a custom job after all. Why not two dishes, one for the tub and another on the plumbing wall for the shower?
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Old 10-13-2004, 09:17 AM   #5
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What do people do about other sundries? My wife was asking me about where she will put our razors and washcloth. The razors could go in the niche, but do people have suggestions for hooks and other types of hanging things? Do people ever buy Corian and make their own shelf with hooks?

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Old 10-13-2004, 09:22 AM   #6
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You could install a ceramic towel bar on the end of the shower opposite the plumbing wall.
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Old 10-13-2004, 10:44 AM   #7
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Todd, just finished my shower and did exactly what Bill said (soap and corner shelf). Its working out fine.

My wife bought some nice Stainless Steel hooks that use an adhesive that has a little pull tag underneath. Pull the tag and the adheshive releases. So far its held up well and they look pretty good. Much better than the suction cup hooks.

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Old 10-14-2004, 11:08 AM   #8
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Best Way to Install?

Hi Everyone,

What is your opinion about the best way to install soap dish and corner shelves? I'm getting conflicting info. Some are saying you can use silicone to stick a soap dish and corner shelves on top of the tile. Others say adhere them to the wall with thin set. Is there a prefered method?
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Old 10-14-2004, 11:19 AM   #9
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Kathy, I think you can do either way. Also depends on what type of attachment you buy.

I bough a ceramic corner shelf and soap dish that attached very nicely using silicon adhesive over the tile. Seems to be holding just fine and looks nice.

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Old 10-14-2004, 11:45 AM   #10
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I know several installers who use silicone, but my own preference is to use thinset, and tape it in place till it hardens. For my money, it'll last alot longer.
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I'm a thin set proponent. I tape the dish in when I set the tile on that wall. Next day it's ready for grout.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:28 AM   #12
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My tile guy doubts thin set would hold on a glossy tile.
He uses silicone.
I would prefer at least a stainless still pin drilled in, for a supplementary mechanical support.
[There is a 2 X 6 backer].
Any comment on this?
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:10 AM   #13
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Driving a screw into the wall breaches your waterproofing.
What glossy tile? The soapdish has a back on it that insets into the wall. You either leave a tile out or cut a hole and insert soapdish. So the majority of the thinset is between the dish and your substrate.
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installed right, white unsanded grout or thinset would hold it in place.

here are shots of 2 of towel bar holders that I ripped out and took pictures of showing how the grout "locks in" the holes in the back for a mechanical bond.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:12 AM   #15
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My tile guy doubts thin set would hold on a glossy tile.
He uses silicone.
My problem with this is that sooner or later, silicone almost always lets go. Thinset, if mixed and used properly, won't.
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