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Old 12-18-2011, 01:10 AM   #1
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Why is there a huge hole around the spout input? Is there anything I can do to seal it up other than silicone around the outside?

I just wanted to check the seals around the pipes and tile and found the large hole.


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What large hole exactly?

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I see holes that will be covered up, nothing out of the ordinary though
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There should be a large, probably round, plate (called an escutscheon) as part of the faucet. It will cover that hole.
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Oh, Ok. So that large of a hole is normal around the faucet area? I figured that it would be the size of the others and be just big enough for a pipe to go through.

There was a gasket on the back of the plate but it didnt do anything since it was smaller than the hole and we would get drips in the basement when using the shower.

Would it be best to just put the cover back on and caulk around it?
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Looking at that, I would say someone, the tile installer butchered that openning. The hole didn't need to be that big, the hole only needs to be large enough for the valve assembly, and looking at that it should have been half that size.

But you have what you have, so you either have to seal the crap out of the cover plate (which will eventually leak again) or redo the tile.

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He had to gain access to the nuts with enough room to manipulate them.
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So many things I want to say here, but i just won't.
Indeed!

Unless it's an outside wall - but it doesn't look like it.
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That hole is a little big. Usually it should be a 4" diameter, but it looks like the previous cover plate was covering well enough unless of course you see water damage behind the tile, then maybe it isn't. If it's not, the only thing you can do is replace the tiles surrounding the valve if you can find the same ones.
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That hole is a little big. Usually it should be a 4" diameter, but it looks like the previous cover plate was covering well enough unless of course you see water damage behind the tile, then maybe it isn't. If it's not, the only thing you can do is replace the tiles surrounding the valve if you can find the same ones.
It seems to me that those are just white ceramic field tiles. I think you would probably have to take out the entire two rows in order to put in a new backer board substrate to put the tiles on.

I don't think there is enough material for the tiles to adhere to if you just put in four new ones. I would feel better putting in two new rows.

But, hey... I am not a professional tile guy, maybe it would work.
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Maybe that's not the original valve.
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Maybe that's not the original valve.
I thought about that.... The house is 40 years old but I have some found some things that look to be original but also look like a lazy DIY job.

I ended up buying a new spout, overflow and handle/plate. and caulking everything. The overflow gasket was shot and while looking at that I discovered a few places where water was getting behind the wall, so without a major remodel, this was my best option. So far, so good.

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Indeed!

Unless it's an outside wall - but it doesn't look like it.


It's an inside wall. Just drywall behind it

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