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Old 06-28-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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I have a ceramic tile soap dish that is attached to the ceramic tile wall in the bathroom. Any suggestions on how to remove it without damaging the tile underneath?

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Ceramic soap dishes are mounted directly to the substrate (backerboard usually), and don't mount on top of other tiles. So, if you remove it, you'll have to install a new tile in its place.

It is mounted with thinset mortar, and won't let go easily. Usually it takes a good blow with a hammer in a downward motion. There's a good possibility you may damage the adjacent tiles in the process. The dish may break, and you may need to chip it out with a masonry chisel.

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Use a rubber mallet and strike in a downward motion.
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How you remove it depends on how it's mounted. And whether you want to try and salvage it. Some have a lip that covers the tile. In older homes with mud jobs, the accessories had projections that were a few inches long and were set deep in a pocket in the wall. Some sit next to the tile.
More detail would help.
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Ceramic soap dishes are mounted directly to the substrate (backerboard usually), and don't mount on top of other tiles.
I have a similar situation but in my case it looks like it actually is mounted on top of other tiles...




...tis a broken towel rack. Any thoughts on how this was possibly installed?

Obviously, ideally I would like to simply pop the broken fixture off and reveal the original tile underneath without the need for replacing tiles since the house is 35 years old and might be tough matching the tile.....but......yeah..
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I have a similar situation but in my case it looks like it actually is mounted on top of other tiles...




...tis a broken towel rack. Any thoughts on how this was possibly installed?

Obviously, ideally I would like to simply pop the broken fixture off and reveal the original tile underneath without the need for replacing tiles since the house is 35 years old and might be tough matching the tile.....but......yeah..
Sorry, but there is no tile under this. This one sets deep into the mud. Drill into it at least an inch from the edge all around with a good 1/4" masonary bit and remove the center. There will probably be a projection going into the wall from the center of the fixture. You need to be as gentle as possible as vibration can loosen surrounding tiles. When you have the center out, gently tap the edges and remove them.
I've gotten tiles from behind the toilet tank to fill in any exposed areas and just used any tile to fill in behind the tank.
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