Bath/shower tile question -soap dish reattach repair

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Onokai, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. Onokai

    Onokai Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I made my own tile in the 80s super high fired stoneware. The soap dish was a typical mid 80s white cast off the wall soap dish.Just holds 1 bar of soap in the middle of the battub about 6 inches off the tun rim in middel of wall (full 3 side suround tile in cast iron tub /shower combo. Two days ago after 37 years it fell off the wall into my wifes hands. Its is intact and it looks like I must have thin set it in then grouted around it.(best guess) The orginal price of 4.99 still on the back.
    whats the best way to reattach it. If I thin set again it will stick out to far.All the grount is still stuck to tile. I'm thinking a thin epoxy like JB weld marine or west systems expoy. Something very thin.Then cualk around it to water proof it.?
    any suggestions on a better way.

    The backer board was called wonder board back in that day.
  2. dj2

    dj2 In the Trades

    Aug 13, 2013
    Grind the excess thinset off the soap dish and clean the thinset off the wall with a chisel. Do it carefully.
    Then you will have space for new thinset.
    Find a way to support the soap dish until the thinset is hard enough to hols it in place.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Bisque ceramic is really porous, and even with the glaze can absorb a lot of moisture...this can pull too much moisture out of the thinset prior to it curing (curing cement is not's a chemical reaction initiated by the water which gets literally incorporated into the cement as it cures).

    ON a shower, neither the grout nor tile is considered the primary water protection for the structure, so just make the bond good, and either caulk the joint or if you think there's enough for grout to bond to, you could grout it.

    A rubbing block or chisel should get any excess mortar off of the wall and the soap dish.
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