Sunday, April 3, 2011

How to Replace Bathtub Diverter Spout Tile

Handyman removing tub spout with channel lock pliers
Fig.1 Gary
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Channel locks® pliers
Caulking white silicone
Diverter instructions
Electric drill
Pencil or permanent market
Shoe Booties (protects bath)
Shower tile
Spring clamps 4 inch
Teflon tape(white)
Tile adhesive
Tile hole saw kit
Tile scraper 1/4 inch gaps

Dr. Valvus called me from an advertisement from a Bing advertisement campaign. He was related to the late Dr. Valvus who invented the valve. Dr. Valvus wanted his shower tile repaired after a local plumber worked on the shower spout.

This post shows the eighteen steps on how to drill a hole in a shower tile, and how to replace a missing diverter valve.  

Step 1: A local plumber repaired the shower mixing valve but would not repair the damages or the diverter valve and stated that the doctor should get a handyman to finish the job. Plumbers do not repair tile or wall damages, they just can not make enough money to cover their time and cost. 
Step 2: Fig.1 shows the Handyman removing the diverter spout with a pair of Channel locks
, now twist off the diverter spout away from the wall. 
Step 3: Fig.2 shows the diverter valve has been removed and only the pipe is left.
This shower/tub is missing the tile by the water pipe
Fig.2 Tub with missing tile
Step 4: Fig.3 shows are Channel locks® pliers that were used for this job. The handyman is wearing shoe booties on his shoes to protect the tub sides.
Channel locks® pliers
Channel Locks pliers

Step 5: The next step is to cut the hole in the tile. From your local hardware store, or a plumbers store purchase a tile hole saw kit, make sure that the hole saw is the same diameter has the water spout. This kit comes with a tile hole saw and a base.   
Step 6: Fig.4 shows the tile hole saw is being drawn with a pencil on the backside of the shower tile
This Tile Hole Saw Kit is used to cut the tile for the water pipe
Fig.4 Circular tile cutter
Step 7: Fig.5 shows the circle drawn in pencil.
Use a pencil to trace the cut in the tile
Fig.5 Tile to be used
Step 8: Fig.6 shows the base is placed on top of the tile. In this example the hole needs to be position as the left upper side of the tile, not an easy cut.

The tile cutter base allows the tile to be cut without damaging the tile
Fig.6 Circular base 
for water pipe
Step 9: Fig.7 shows the drill drilling the into the backside of the tile. In this example an electric drill was used.
The use of an electric drill provide constant power to cut the tile
Fig.7 Drilling tile hole
Step 10: Fig.8 shows the hole from the tile saw, the cut has been made. Dr. Valvus had to help me steady the drill and the clamps so the drill hole saw would cut straight.
This hole saw has diamond on it tip to cut this tile
Fig.8 Hole Cut
Step 11: Fig.9 shows the orange tabs are the spring clamps that held the base of the tile hole saw. Two sets of 4 inch spring clamps were used to do this project.
The Hole tile Base is gray and the Orange tip is a spring clamp on the tile
Fig.9 Removing the base
Step 12: Fig.10 shows the hole in the tile and on the new spout the plumber placed into the shower. The end piece is not new, its the piece between the spout and the valve that needed to be replaced, this picture does not show that part.
Tile is on the water pipe
Fig.10 Fitting the copper pipe 
around the newly cut tile
Step 13: Fig.11 shows the hole in the tile ready to be applied to the shower wall.
Ready to be applied to shower wall
Fig.11 Hole cut
Step 14: Fig.12 shows Teflon tape is being applied on the new copper pipe threads. This Teflon tape came with the diverter package.
White tape is being applied to the threads of the water pipe
Fig.12 Teflon the end
Step 15: Fig.13 shows the instructions on how to install a diverter on a spout pipe.
Hole Saw Directions
Fig.13 Direction
Step 16: Fig.14 shows the tile adhesive being mix to place behind the new tile to glue to the shower wall. I used a tile scraper with 1/4 inch gaps to allow the adhesive on the tile.
Grout is being mixed for the wall
Fig.14 Tile grout
Step 17: Fig.15 shows the tube grout being applied to the edges of the tile.
After the grout the caulking is for the metal pipe
Fig.15 Applying caulking

Step 18: Fig.16 shows the new wall tile and the new tub diverter valve. Now Dr. Valvus can enjoy his new shower in his new home.
The job is done and the tub spout and tile is like new
Fig.16 Job finished new 
tile with new fixtures

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