I am in the process of tiling a basement and in one corner is a 4"
capped pipe, I assume a cleanout. What should I do about this? Tile
over it? Leave a loose tile over it? Raise it up to tile level?
Any advice would be welcome. I searched the archives and couldn't find
this topic discussed previously.
You'll hate yourself if you tile over it. So will the NEXT owner of the
house! You can tile the cap itself and make it match mostly. But in ANY
case, do NOT cover it for eternity. Years from now they'll be getting a
jackhammer out to fix the pipes underneath!
IF you can raise the floor around it and still have it functional, do
that. A good tile cutter can lay a tile around it - cut tile in half,
smoothely, cut out circular opening, lay the tiles and the "seam" won't
show. Our tile contractor did something similar around ballusters that
are anchored on the side of a step down to our living room. I know the
seams are there, but mighty hard to see. Didn't believe it 'til I saw
them do it. They also built up the cement or whatever it is to slope
some tiles ever so slightly so that they are level with adjoining
terazzo - the difference between hubby/me and a good professional is
I would never cover or hide a clean out - soon as you do, you will need
to use it. Guaranteed :o)
There may be a water shut-off hidden inside a pvc thingy. That is where
ours is, and mighty hard to get to when the washer hose bursts :o)
I would rework the plumbing to come level with the top of the new
floor. Use a flush cap. These are available in brass and PVC.
Another alternative is to leave it be and install a stainless
steel blank cover that will sit on top of the new floor.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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