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Preparing to tile your bathroom or shower:
Unless you are installing new substrate, fixtures do not need to be removed before tiling a wall in your bathroom. Just be sure that they are well masked and loosen the escutcheons. Set tiles up near each fixtures and fill the joint with silicone caulk. The change in thickness of a wall is usually not a problem when replacing faucet assemblies. Simply turn the fixtures fewer times than before to tighten. All water and vacuum attachement pipes should be masked before tiling.
Recessed, surface mounted or self rimming sinks can be worked in in a tiled countertop but an existing sink must be removed for a neat and watertight installation. Always shut off the water supply before doing anything else.
Detach faucets and control valves, keeping track of all parts. check that all of the attachments will fit through any new backing materials and tile; adding pipe extenders may be necessary. Lengthening bathroom or shower pipe an inch is usually fairly easy. Always move appliances out of a bathroom before tiling a floor or wall, and always install tiles under and behind appliance locations.
If a door will not clear, you must raise the height of the countertop or replace or trim the cabinet.
Diagonal shower and bath tile: To install tile on the diagonal, you will need diagonal reference lines. Sart by marking the usual vertical and horizontal lines. Then attach a pencil to one end of the length of string and a pushpin to the other end. Insert and remove pushpins, reposition at another mark and draw an arc that crosses the first one. if you want to double check them, the angle between the diagonal lines and the original reference lines should measure around 45 degrees.
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