How to get soap dish out of shower wall?
HO wants to replace an old corroded recessed soap dish with new one of similar style. (see http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Prod/Franklin-Brass-9098SN-Jamestown-Recess-Soap-with-Bar-and-Beveled-Edges-Satin-Nickel/12763/Cat/968)
Old soap dish is similar design, a little smaller, but has no visible screws to hold it in place.
I’m reluctant to just pry on it for fear that it may be mudded in and I would break some 40-year-old surrounding tiles that can’t be replaced.
Edited 8/18/2008 3:16 pm by brucet9
I've seen them mudded in. There might be a fin that is set under the diamond lath. Presuming this is an old mortar bed bath. I've had to coax the edges forward to get a reciprocating blade in to cut the fin.
It's one of those things is that if it's worth it to replace you just got to commit to the possibility you'll have some damage to repair.
I've been lucky, all I've attempted came out fine.
I once used a Dremel with a metal cutting blade and cut the box out enough to see what I had to do.
Thanks for your help. You called it. The thing was mudded in. I was able to pry it out gently by alternately pulling and pushing.New one is satin nickel (the metal finish du jour) to match new spout, drain and shower head.BruceT
Yep that's how mine went and most of the ones I've done over the years. I was lucky to find at an old recycle place, this dish I used for myself.
Edited 8/27/2008 5:27 pm by jagwah
no no no! I just put that one in.
Most tile ones are mudded in. I would imagine metal ones would have some type of mechanical fasteners, but I'm no sure how. I'd try to carefully pry the edges around that one and see how it's held on. Then maybe you'll be able to get a hack saw blade in behind it to cut it out. A dremel might be able to cut it out as well.