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J187 07-26-2009 02:54 PM

Quick question about tiling around shower valve
 
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When I am tiling around my mixing valve, do I cut around the whole thing, IE the big black plastic circle or just the part that actually protrudes from the wall where the handle goes?

Thanks.

Just Bill 07-27-2009 06:14 AM

The black plastic is just a guide for finding locating the fixture. It comes off and gets tossed. You may be able to make the hole smaller, so test assemble the rest of the fixture. Generally though, that is what you cut around.

J187 07-27-2009 08:28 AM

Really? I'm confused... the instructions didn't seem to mention unscrewing the plastic and removing it afterwards... I can't on the website right now to double check because its down... Are you saying I should have removed the guide and my underlayment should have been just cut around the valve part?

Nia 07-27-2009 10:04 AM

You can make a template the size of the tile out a piece of paper.
Place the paper over the tile , push it over the pipe and it will rip the paper.
Then make sure everything is lined up properly and draw a circle with your drill attachment. Place the paper template over the tile and cut with our circle drill attachment. You may have to sand the inside a little if you're cut is off, or use your tile nippers.

Hope that helps.

J187 07-27-2009 10:36 AM

Thanks NIA - my question isn't so much about how to do the cutting, rather what to cut out... I was asking if I should cut the tile just around the part that comes out of the wall or if I should cut around the whole plastic piece...

RDS 07-27-2009 12:36 PM

I had the same question when I put Durock around my tub recently, and I asked my plumber how big to make the hole for the valve, and he said to do exactly what you did -- follow the plastic.

Nia 07-27-2009 02:18 PM

I cut around the piece that comes out of the wall.

J187 07-27-2009 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by RDS (Post 307340)
I had the same question when I put Durock around my tub recently, and I asked my plumber how big to make the hole for the valve, and he said to do exactly what you did -- follow the plastic.

Did this apply to the tile as well? Thanks

RDS 07-27-2009 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by J187 (Post 307393)
Did this apply to the tile as well? Thanks

Yes, it did. I think the idea is that the escutcheon will be of a diameter slightly wider than the hole, so it covers it (maybe verify this by measuring) and then you caulk it to the tile. But maybe different valves and their trim have different requirements -- that was just my situation.


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