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Kiki D 05-02-2013 08:58 PM

Shower Tile & recessed soap dish
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I have a 50's(ish) white tile shower that has been re-glazed. It HAD a recessed ceramic soap dish. The shower is lovely, the soap dish was not. Underneath, the finish was flaking, deteriorating, browning and ugly. I chipped away at the dish and finally removed it in pieces (along with a few damaged tiles). We actually didn't even use the soap dish so it occurred to me I could possibly get replacement tiles to just cover it all up. However, I am now left with a gaping hole that is currently covered with duct tape. The plaster behind the adjacent tiles is crumbling to touch. There is some sort of wire mesh - I'm assuming what was used to hold the plaster? But basically, it's a hole with nothing there unless I reach farther, then I hit the electrical box that houses the outlet in my daughter's bedroom. What can I put here so that I can apply new tiles or, though I don't really want to, put in another soap dish? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Nailbags 05-03-2013 01:05 AM

I am going to leave most of this to the pros like Jazz man and others. What I do see is you opened a can of worms maybe. Tile and grout are not water proof. You maybe looking at some water damage to wall.

user1007 05-03-2013 01:52 AM

Crumbling plaster is a sure sign it got wet so Nailbags is right in that the grout, perhaps around the soap dish, failed at some point. It could be the tile grout too. Or water wicked from the tub seal. Whatever, you must find out how widespread the problem and remedy it. This is probably going to involve removing more tiles until you find plaster intact again.

Then if the mesh that held the plaster is intact, you could probably get away with building the the surface back up with repair plaster. But if you end up with a large area needing replacement, you will be better off cutting a large section of waterproof tile backer board and mudding and taping (with mesh tape if joining to a plaster surface) it in place instead of trowling plaster. You may have to rip some thin firring strips on your table saw to bring the board out to the correct height.

Then proceed with replacing the tile.

Hopefully others will step in with other approaches or more details.

beenthere 05-03-2013 04:15 AM

Moved to tiling forum.

JetSwet 05-03-2013 02:15 PM

back in the day most showers were done this way with plaster then regular drywall after it. You have 2 options that I see... you can repair untill you can afford a new bathroom shower secton by Either removing the tiles around hole and make a blow out patch or you can put a shim or furring strip behind the hole then put your new piece of sheet rock in but the trick is getting that strip of wood to stay as a back brace, liqid nails would work. Then adhere the new tiles on. You might have to double up on the new drywall piece, you can use backer board but its silly if your just doing that section.

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