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Unread 05-14-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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Removed soap dish in shower, how do I remove adhesive and avoid waterproofing damage?

At the request of my MIL, I removed the soap dish at knee-bashing height in her shower. I was told her husband had simply siliconed it on the wall, but after removal I discovered 1.5 tiles were removed and it was adhered with something like construction adhesive. It is a caramel colored hard material but still has some give.

I am hesitant to attempt removal as I am unsure of what precautions need to be taken to avoid damaging the waterproofing beneath the tile.

Any tips on how to remove the half tile and avoid damage are also most welcome.

I have essentially no experience with tile work aside from a bit of grouting done, but am very handy with no qualms about taking this on, provided I have the information necessary to do this properly.

Any help provided would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 05-14-2019, 02:13 PM   #2
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Are you sure there is waterproofing?
Using a dremel and diamond blade, grout saw, or similar and remove the surround grout. From there you should be able to use a chisel and pop the piece off.
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Unread 05-14-2019, 06:50 PM   #3
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What Ryan said. Use a small cold chisel to remove the adhesive and tile after the grout has been removed. Don't get carried away, take it slow and easy.

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Thank you both for your advice. I’ll give the chisel a try with a fresh edge and see where that gets me.
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If you've got a oscillating multi-tool like this, they come with a thin, flat, metal blade that's great for scraping off adhesives like this. (Here's an example of one in use.)

I'd use a nail set and break the half tile in smaller pieces, remove it, and in the process give yourself good access to the edge of the adhesive shown in the picture.

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