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Old 08-08-2008, 06:35 AM   #1
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I am finishing up tiling a shower and bought this shelf yesterday for the surround. http://tileshop35.rtrk.com/?scid=438260&kw=1241542 How do I install it? I would think just cut the tiles on the wall so that it can be placed directly onto the backerboard. The only thing that makes me question it are the rounded edges and the fact we saw normal shelves(with a wider surface where it connects to tile) that were glued directly onto the tile somehow. I think if I glued directly to the tile it would look better, but everyday I would go into the shower and I would be afraid of slipping and putting a little weight on it and it comes crashing to the floor. Any suggestions?

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I am finishing up tiling a shower and bought this shelf yesterday for the surround. http://tileshop35.rtrk.com/?scid=438260&kw=1241542 How do I install it? I would think just cut the tiles on the wall so that it can be placed directly onto the backerboard. The only thing that makes me question it are the rounded edges and the fact we saw normal shelves(with a wider surface where it connects to tile) that were glued directly onto the tile somehow. I think if I glued directly to the tile it would look better, but everyday I would go into the shower and I would be afraid of slipping and putting a little weight on it and it comes crashing to the floor. Any suggestions?
Yes you cut it into the wall tiles.use a 4" diamond wheel to cut the tile. what I do is on the ends of the shelf I notch it back 1/2" so when the shelf is installed the notch over laps the face of the tile. Hint!!! when installing raise the back slightly to give it some pitch for run off. As for adhesive you thin set not mastic. God luck BOB

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Good idea with cutting the shelf a little to overlap. One more question. I have not installed the tile around the shelf yet. I'm guessing here but I think it would be easier to wait to install the shelf until after the tile above it and below it have dried right?
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if you haven't installed the tile yet , then mark out the tile for the shelf and then install, you can then install the shelf after. this way you don't have to worry about getting it behind the notch.
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Thanks, will do that tonight
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Be sure to pitch it a little so it will drain and not hold water.
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Yes you cut it into the wall tiles.use a 4" diamond wheel to cut the tile. what I do is on the ends of the shelf I notch it back 1/2" so when the shelf is installed the notch over laps the face of the tile. Hint!!! when installing raise the back slightly to give it some pitch for run off. As for adhesive you thin set not mastic. God luck BOB
Are you recommending a cut-out in answer to his concern about the strength of gluing the shelf to the tile surface; or because that is the method actually required for the type of shelf he bought?

If I caulk it to the surface of the tile, can I grout over the caulk so it matches the existing shelf?

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Welcome--new member---

This is a four year old thread---

Please ask your question in a new thread in the 'tile' section---let us know what brand and type of niche you wish to install---Mike---

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