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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Dimensional Tile Backsplash

We are looking a using a 3D tile Porcelanosa Ona Blanco as a backsplash. Does anyone have any experience with mounting a switchplate to this type of textured 3D tile? Do you use grout to fill the gaps or do you try to grind the tile flat around the switch plate or grind a groove or ???

My installer was stumped. He had only used this for bathroom walls.

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Unread 10-08-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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Any chance the outlets can be moved to the underside of the cabinets?

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Those kinds of tiles really cause problems with outlets...

Like Paul said. Or is there some kind of tile that matches without the relief?

You can run a band of something else where the outlets go?

An accent tile you can line around the outlets?
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Maybe if I turned the outlets 90 degrees and ran a band around the top of the granite then? Thanks.

I was also thinking about using a coping saw on the switchplate cover to get it to settle down on the 3D pattern.
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That is going to be a challenge. What is the depth variation of the tile face?

I don't think grouting around the covers is going to look good and will likely crack as the outlet and cover flex when you insert or remove plugs. I'd rather use a color matched caulk in that case. IMO, I want the outlet/switches/plates to blend in to the tile as much as possible to be less visible so doing any kind of band around them would defeat that.

If you can find covers that have a bit of a lip that is proud of the rest of the back of it you might be able to sand it down enough - kinda like scribing it, but depends on the depth variation of the tile.

Placing the outlets and switches into the bottom of the upper cabinets would be the way to go. Be sure to check you local electrical codes.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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I have used box extenders when necessary.

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Sometimes a plaster ring is added first to get to where I need to be.

These might work Rob.

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Just received these pictures from the manufacturer. Apparently they just install the plates that can raise up to 1/16 inch. It is up to the client if they want to grout or not.
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