Whoever tiled around the bathtub in my house tiled right up nice and close
to the valve stems, so now I'm trying to figure out how to enlarge the
holes so I can get a valve stem wrench in there (leaky faucet, dontcha
know). I don't have extra tiles, so I'd like to avoid cracking the ones
that are there. Any creative suggestions, or does anyone know of a tool
made for this purpose? Thanks.
Been there, done it.
Before removing the excutcheon plate, draw a line around it. Stay close
to the valve and away from the line as much as possible.
Quickest and easiest way Tom would be to use a 4" angle grinder with a
diamond disc. Have someone else with a shopvac nozzle right up next to
the work to pull the dust/debris as you make a few cuts into the tile.
Then carefully chip the tile peices away from the substrate. Rotozip,
Dremel bits or ceramic drill bits w/ electric drill are possible but
i had teh same problem with mine in house built in 1972. i found out
that i did not need a wrench, but the plumber did not put the faucets
out enough to get any wrench onto the end of the stem... i had to go in
from the back(the bed room wall and remove a part of sheetrock and then
chisel some wood out of the 2 X 4 's that were holding the plumbing in..
i cut some wood off and then forced the pipes forware and held them in
place with the metal pieces that were there originaly but set farther
back... i then got out the Dremel tool and grinded out the ceramic tile
a little and also the grout that was back in there... these guys dont
care if you have to service the units later as long as they get their
job done and well 20 yrs. from now who will find them anyway......
I enlarged mine with a RotoZip (Worth the money for that particular
job) but had the faucet out for replacement. A grinder on a rotary
tool (Dremel) should work well. Work in tiny bits and you won't crack
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