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Old 11-19-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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How should I replace this Soap Dish?


This is my first time posting to this forum.

One of my tenants broke a soap dish off the wall. I went to clean it out yesterday to find that much of the support and drywall behind it had crumbled away. I pulled everything out that was relatively loose. Most of the left side is gone, while the right side is left. The right side can move a bit if a apply a decent amount of force to it, but for the most part I think it is pretty good. Can you guys take a look at the attached pictures and tell me how you would go about putting a soap dish back on here? I've never done anything like this before, so I have no idea where to even start.

I'm guessing I will need to put something in the empty cavity and maybe scrape the right side down a bit so I have some room to put another layer of thinset. Beyond this, I don't really know how to go about properly doing those things.

I believe my tenant broke this off by putting a bit of pressure on the soap dish (it's possible she put her foot on it while shaving, but I don't think she would tell me that). Would you suggest putting this on with something stronger than thinset, maybe liquid nails?

Any help you guys can give me would be much appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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#1 Sheetrock should never have been used in a wet area!!!!
It was going to fail at some point.

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There never should have been drywall in a tiled wet area.
It was going to leak and fail at some point.
Time to gut and redo it right.
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That looks like an older plaster wall---not drywall---

However, you need to cut out the hole nice and clean---I would use a diamond blade in an angle grinder or a diamond cutter in a multi tool--

Once it is cleaned out--you will need to fit an over sized piece of hardi backer into the hole so it can be glued in to the inside of the wall---I suggest you drill two small holes in the patch and thread a wire through them---

Stick that to the back of the wall with modified thin set---use the wire and a stick of scrap wood across the outside of the opening---twist the wire to pull the patch snug against the back side of the wall--

When that is set--about 12 hours---add more Hardibacke to fill the hole to your desired depth.

When set--glue in the soap dish using silicone caulk---

That wall is rotting,I believe, and will need full replacement soon---Mike----
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #5
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My then 12 year old daughter did the same damage. She stood on the soap dish. My house was built in 1995 and they tiled to green board which was destined to fail. Clean it out as above. I added two horizontal 2x4's to have something to screw the patch to. I used a Kreg jig to make screw holes to "toenail" screw the 2x4's to existing studs. Cut a patch of 1/2" cement board and patch. I epoxied the soap dish back on and used premixed white grout to touch up grout areas. The repair looked great but 3 years later I had failure of the green board on the wet wall. So I ripped all the tile out to redo it correctly. So IMO you will likely have to redo the whole shower wall at some point.
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