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Old 11-06-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Need help with unfortunate shower installation situation

Hello, thanks in advance for your help!

So I'm in the process of completely redoing my master bathroom. I gutted everything down to the studs. My problem is that when I tiled over the plumbing for the shower stall, I didn't think to look at the shower faucet hardware instructions, where you're supposed to install the plastic brackets behind the wall. The previous shower hardware was very old, and the handle just pulled off once I unscrewed it, and the backing to the shower faucet handle was just caulked on.

Here's a picture of all that's sticking through the tiles:

I tried installing a Moen shower kit (see link below), and the people at Lowes recommended I caulk on the base due to the lack of screw holes through the tile as well as anything inside the wall to catch the screws. My big problem now tho is that the handle for the faucet isn't able to get "in" enough on the piece sticking through the tile so that it can be attached. In other words, the little screw that would go up through the handle doesn't catch on the piece attached to the shower valve.

I'm not attached to this shower kit; can anyone recommend another kit that might work, or a solution for the existing kit?

Here's a link to the kit I have:

Thanks again!


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Old 11-06-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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I think you may have to cut the tile around that valve for more room. Holding the cover plate on with caulk is not the way to fix your first problem IMO.


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Old 11-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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As we have said at least a thousand times, never get any advice from the box stores!!
Now your going to have to cut out that area, a 4-1/2" right angle grinder with a diamond blade will work.
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