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Unread 11-16-2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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Sealing escutcheon plates

Hello everyone ,and thanks for all the great information posted here. As I complete my shower install I need to ask a question about escutcheon plates. And/or the openings in my ceramic tile where the copper pipes extrude. I have seen different opinions on the subject and was wondering if some of the pros here would mind offering their ideas and/or tips on this subject. My shower is not a steam shower, just a normal ceramic tile shower.I have 3 holes in my tile, one for the head, one for the main valve control and one lower hole for a tub spout my wife wanted (about a foot off the floor). My question is: should I silicone the pipes where they extrude from the wall? or should I silicone the escutcheon plates themselves? I've also read that some use plumbers putty behind the plates , but then again ,some don’t use anything and say the plates are enough. Thanks for all your help.
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100% silicone, like this;

No silicone needed around the escutcheon plate
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Unread 11-16-2010, 02:12 PM   #3
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Thanks Paul. How would you seal the water control valve opening/and or plate ? It would have to be different due to the screws that go through the plate then into the valve.
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Gary I usually run a bead of 100% clear silicone around the valve trim plate as I dont trust the foam/rubber seal that comes from the manufacturer.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 06:51 PM   #5
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I like the Kerdi Seal PS & MV Seals that come with the Kerdi drain.

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yeah thats what i love about kerdi drains
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Brian, are you applying the seals with kerdifix? I would think thinset would be much more economical.

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I would think KerdiFix would be overkill, but certainly would be great. I generally use the DitraSet to seal 'em.

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