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Old 11-13-2016, 01:19 AM   #1
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First of all, I'm surprised there isn't a Tiling trade section among the trade forums here. I would have posted there. There's a Specialty Trade forum, but not many posts from tile contractors.

I lease a condo. I bought a rather heavy shower radio recently. I don't trust those stick ons to hold. I've had something fall off into the bathtub at 4:00AM, and the noise it makes can be heard 5 doors down. It's loud!

I was thinking of drilling two very small holes in the shower tile to hold the shower radio. I'm concerned about how the patched holes will look when I move out. There are kits that cost $89. Too expensive.

Anyone used anything affordable to patch tile drilled holes? Were you able to make the patch look unnoticeable? Something other than caulk?
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Old 11-13-2016, 04:18 AM   #2
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First of all, I'm surprised there isn't a Tiling trade section among the trade forums here. I would have posted there. There's a Specialty Trade forum, but not many posts from tile contractors.

I lease a condo. I bought a rather heavy shower radio recently. I don't trust those stick ons to hold. I've had something fall off into the bathtub at 4:00AM, and the noise it makes can be heard 5 doors down. It's loud!

I was thinking of drilling two very small holes in the shower tile to hold the shower radio. I'm concerned about how the patched holes will look when I move out. There are kits that cost $89. Too expensive.

Anyone used anything affordable to patch tile drilled holes? Were you able to make the patch look unnoticeable? Something other than caulk?
I did for one customer and it came out surprisingly good and unnoticeable to the naked eye so to speak, don't remember exactly what I used, I think it was porcelain repair kit or porcelain touch up glaze (it was like 20 yrs ago) and I remember adding a little nail polish to match color.

Today they got better stuff, I don't get to many request for these types of repair but today they have ceramic tile repair kits today, I'm sure you can find something in any box store and as long as you try it first someplace less noticeable and get tile color match (most important thing) you will get it fixed.

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From the owner's perspective, the "repaired" hole will look like "wtf?!" damage. I wouldn't advise it.

Maybe hang it from a shower caddy?
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sto...tegoryId=13447
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Or run a scrap piece of 12 ga insulated wire between the shower head and the curtain rod, then hang it off that.

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If you have to actually drill to attach your shower radio, drill in the grout area not the tile... much easier to fill if you're going that route...

Or you could use products like these...


Or get a radio that can hang by a strap... https://www.sharperimage.com/si/view...r+Radio/200807

Shower radios aren't that heavy, so you can also silicone some magnets to the shower wall, and glue steel washers to the back of the radio... When you leave, use a glass scraper to remove the magnets... it's not going anywhere...

With any of the options above, no repair kits to buy or mess with...

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First of all, I'm surprised there isn't a Tiling trade section among the trade forums here. I would have posted there. There's a Specialty Trade forum, but not many posts from tile contractors.

I lease a condo. I bought a rather heavy shower radio recently. I don't trust those stick ons to hold. I've had something fall off into the bathtub at 4:00AM, and the noise it makes can be heard 5 doors down. It's loud!

I was thinking of drilling two very small holes in the shower tile to hold the shower radio. I'm concerned about how the patched holes will look when I move out. There are kits that cost $89. Too expensive.

Anyone used anything affordable to patch tile drilled holes? Were you able to make the patch look unnoticeable? Something other than caulk?
Tiling is under flooring.

Drill through the grout and don't damage the tile.
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I just read the OP, when I gave my advise I only read the headline.

The repair I did was for a customer at her request, she changed some towel bars and the new ones didn't cover a few holes.

I wouldn't do anything to a rental unit with plans to patch/fix later, especially messing with tile.

With that being said, wtf you doing in the shower that you have to mount a radio? Find a better method to sharpen your pencil using five finger combination without serenades
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I just read the OP, when I gave my advise I only read the headline.

The repair I did was for a customer at her request, she changed some towel bars and the new ones didn't cover a few holes.

I wouldn't do anything to a rental unit with plans to patch/fix later, especially messing with tile.

With that being said, wtf you doing in the shower that you have to mount a radio? Find a better method to sharpen your pencil using five finger combination without serenades
I guess some guys just can't have a wank without the soothing voice of Rush Limbaugh.
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First of all, I'm surprised there isn't a Tiling trade section among the trade forums here. I would have posted there. There's a Specialty Trade forum, but not many posts from tile contractors.

I lease a condo. I bought a rather heavy shower radio recently. I don't trust those stick ons to hold. I've had something fall off into the bathtub at 4:00AM, and the noise it makes can be heard 5 doors down. It's loud!

I was thinking of drilling two very small holes in the shower tile to hold the shower radio. I'm concerned about how the patched holes will look when I move out. There are kits that cost $89. Too expensive.

Anyone used anything affordable to patch tile drilled holes? Were you able to make the patch look unnoticeable? Something other than caulk?
Someone moved you to it. It's the last selection of the Trades sections.

$89 is cheap to repair tile so that it looks un-noticeable. Caulk isn't a bad option if it's color matched. Why can't you just drill the holes in the grout lines and just repair the grout?
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Drill through the grout and don't damage the tile.
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So Calson, what'd you end up doing?
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I just read the OP, when I gave my advise I only read the headline.

With that being said, wtf you doing in the shower that you have to mount a radio? Find a better method to sharpen your pencil using five finger combination without serenades
Let's see, I'd say about 5 million shower radios are manufactured in the US annually. Get out of the 1930's Mr. Out of Touch Dufus.
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So Calson, what'd you end up doing?
I just bought a Sangean H201 shower radio. It has a mounting plate, but the plastic mounting plate holes don't match up with the tile grout. I could just drill another hole in the plate where it meets up with the grout line. The grout lines are pretty thin tho. I'll probably hang it from a hook in the ceiling using 10 lb weight fishing line. It's a bit heavy at 2.79 lbs. so using Velcro adhesive strips would eventually fail and peel off. I'd rather have a clean look without a fishing line showing.

I'd drill holes in the tile if the professional tile hole repair kits didn't cost $89. I've seen a video of such a product being used and they really can make the tile hole patch look completely invisible, even on expensive marble tile.

Thanks for the replies, mostly.
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You could glue the plate to the wall with 3M 5200, then slice it off with a razor blade later.
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You could glue the plate to the wall with 3M 5200, then slice it off with a razor blade later.
Thanks, noted. The adhesive on peel and "stick ons" don't stay on tile. Tile is hard and non-porous. A Velcro pack of adhesive Stick Ons says it holds up to 3 lbs. That's only if the adhesive backing bothers to stick to tile (over time). They don't.

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Let's see, I'd say about 5 million shower radios are manufactured in the US annually. Get out of the 1930's Mr. Out of Touch Dufus.
So about 5 million teenagers have their own shower and rosie palm themselves to lady gaga.

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Thanks, noted. The adhesive on peel and "stick ons" don't stay on tile. Tile is hard and non-porous. A Velcro pack of adhesive Stick Ons says it holds up to 3 lbs. That's only if the adhesive backing bothers to stick to tile (over time). They don't.
5200 will stick to anything...I mean anything. It's a marine adhesive. I'd go that route myself
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5200 will stick to anything...I mean anything. It's a marine adhesive. I'd go that route myself
That stuff sure does stick to anything, long cure time but it works well

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