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Fitting a shower screen over a bath

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Sombrero, 4 Apr 2013.

  1. Sombrero

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    I'm about to fit a shower screen and the first step is to screw a vertical channel to the tiles at the edge of the bath.

    The problem i've found is there's a row of border tiles in the middle that stands proud by about 5mm from the wall.

    Any ideas?

    Do i pack behind the channel with something plastic?
    If i used an angle grinder to cut across the border tile, would i get a clean cut edge?

    Thanks.
     
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    I've used a rotazip type tool with tile cutting bit and also a bosch multi tool for exactly that job, a little easier to control than a grinder, but if you a careful should be OK.
    If you can have someone hold a timber baton against the cutting line it will prevent damage outside area.Use dust sheet to prevent bath damage, plastic bath will mark easily.
     
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    Unfortunately, i only have a dremel tool (with no suitable cutting head), and an angle grinder.

    But i did find a spare tile and tried cutting it with the angle grinder and it's rock hard, plus the wheel slips all over the place and i'm bound to damage an adjacent tile, so i think i'll pack it out.

    It only needs to be 5 or 6mm, and i have some old plastic window board, or curtain rails which i can cut to size on a table saw.

    Thanks again for your time Foxhole.
     
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    Your grinder couldn't cut it? Begs the question what blade you used, or are the tiles made of. Some kind of Kryptonite maybe?
     
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    It did cut it, but skated round on the surface too much then once through the shiny stuff it dived in. Just figured there was too much risk of damaging the other tiles, or the bath etc.
     
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    I would have thought the simplest way would be to vertical batten the tiles and fix the frame to that, Tile bead the batten both sides, job done.
     
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    Thanks Bosswhite, now that is a possibility. I ruled out timber due to the water element - but a tile bead would do the trick.
     
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    Baton will absorb moisture swell and result in a mess and look one.
    With correct blade grinder should not skid at all.
     
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    Is there a specific tile cutting blade i can get for an angle grinder?
     
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    I had exactly the same problem in our bathroom & packed out the frame at each fixing point with plastic spacers & then put a bead of silicon down each side. It looked fine. The other thing that I learned after the event & may help you is to fit the screen so that it lines up with the inner top edge of the bath & not the centre of the top so that the water runs off the screen & straight into the bath. The rubber seals on the bottom of the bath screen cannot be relied on to stop water coming over the top of the bath especially on the folding screens.
     
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