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    Default How to Patch a Hole in A Tile Wall

    OK folks, take a look at the image linked below.

    Any ideas on how to approach this one? I can't really use a piece of cement board cuz there are no studs to attach it to. I'm thinking of maybe getting some wire mesh and somehow attaching it to the back of the tiles, and then slapping some cement over it. Having a hard time finding instructions on how to do this on the internet.
    Last edited by ian_pink; 02-22-2011 at 11:52 PM.

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    Default Re: How to Patch a Hole in A Tile Wall

    my honest opinion, it looks like that wall of tile should be taken down and redone properly.

    onto your question.....cut some strapping larger than the opening, preferably 6"+ longer on the top and bottom. liquid nail the strapping to the backside of the wall. you can use a piece on the front and screw it through to the strapping on the back to hold in in place til it sets up. then cut and attach some hardibacker or cementboard to the newly liquid nailed strapping and that's your new wall to tile on.

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    Default Re: How to Patch a Hole in A Tile Wall

    Without removing all the tiles and properly repairing the wall, you're going to have major issues in making that wall waterproof. Any repairs less than that are only a band-aid, slowing the progress of water causing damage to the wall and everything below the height of the tub.

    Pop off the tiles to see if you can salvage any of the wall mortar. If the old mortar is too cracked, crumbly or missing, then you would do better taking out a larger section enough to get a decent area to place some new cement board. A liquid applied surface waterproofing agent will help, a little.

    This job is best repaired by a highly talented professional. Unless you want to take this down to the studs and start over, that would be a DIY project most could handle.

    Which are you up for?

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    Default Re: How to Patch a Hole in A Tile Wall

    Good luck with the patch job.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

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    Default Re: How to Patch a Hole in A Tile Wall

    Hope it is waterproof and withstand any movement.
    "Life does not go by the book, we learn as we go along".

    You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape.
    If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40.
    If it shouldn't move and does, use the Duct Tape.


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    Default Re: How to Patch a Hole in A Tile Wall

    Neither tile nor grout nor cement nor sealants are waterproof. You have is somewhat water resistant, but not water proof. Depending on the location of your repair and how you use the shower you may have leaking. I can't tell from my house.

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