Installing new soap dish into existing ceramic tile

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by bbbluueyes, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. bbbluueyes

    bbbluueyes New Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Hi - thank you in advance for any advice....

    I am replacing an existing built in soap dish with a new soap dish. The soap dish is built into the wall.....

    - need to grind or cut existing ceramic tile about a half inch...what is the best way -

    Thanks again.

  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    A diamond wheel with a small grinder or a tile bit in a Roto-Zip.
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  4. chassis

    chassis Engineer

    Sep 12, 2005
    SE Pennsylvania
    Agree with the above. In addition, there is a diamond wheel available for the RotoZip which is good for this application.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Depending on the tile, the RotoZip tile bit (the carbide one) may not cut the tile. If it is fairly soft wall tile, yes, but many times a harder tile is used in showers - if so, the diamonds are your friend. Wear eye protection and a dust mask.
  6. PEW

    PEW DIY Senior Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Another suggestion would be to have someone hold a shopvac hose close to your grinding. Sure will reduce greatly the mess they can make.
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