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Old 07-02-2018, 03:30 PM   #1
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Is it possible to patch a hole in a tile wall that has wire mesh/mortar backing?

Our house was built in 1957. We had a leak that resulted in a hole in the wall behind and beside our toilet. I thought we could have it patched and was shopping for vintage tile. However, the guy who stopped by to give us an estimate said we can't patch the hole because of the design--wire mesh and an inch or so of concrete rather than the modern day backer board. He recommended we replace all the tile/redo the walls. Is he right? Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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It can definitely be done, but finding someone that is able to may be difficult. Tile repairs like that is a niche market.
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Yes. This will be costly per square foot because you are buying skill.
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If your not terribly concerned about aesthetics you could cut the opening into a rectangular size that would fit an off the shelf access panel. They have them is stainless steel, or metal to be painted, or drywall faced. Wont be to operational as it will hit toilet when it is in place, but may be a lot easier and cheaper than trying to patch tile back.

And the chances of finding matching tiles are extremely low, so the tile will look like a patch in any case..
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It's kind of tricky and takes several applications but it can be patched back in with mud. Find someone experienced with mud work.

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Looks like a good place for an oversized magazine rack.

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Old 07-02-2018, 08:33 PM   #7
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Thanks all. We just replaced our A.C. unit so aren't in a place to completely redo the room (unless I sell a kid or 2). We might settle for a temporary cover and start saving. Its6good to know that a repair might be feasible (and I know the tile match will be nearly impossible, but I found a few contenders on ebay). I appreciate your expertise!
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