Step 2: Remove tile(s) for soap dish installation

Chisel out the tile
Photo: Smith/Baer
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While still wearing eye protection, carefully crack the tile into pieces using a ¼-inch-wide cold chisel and hammer. Pry out the fractured shards of tile and scrape the wall surface clean of any old mortar or leftover adhesive.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 1/4-inch-diameter masonry bit
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • nailset
      Nailset
    • cold chisel
      1/4-inch cold chisel
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • torpedo level
      Torpedo level
    • Grout saw

    Shopping List

    1. Porcelain soap dish

    2. Tile adhesive, for adhering soap dish to wall

    3. 2-inch-wide masking tape, used to temporarily hold soap dish in place

    4. Tile grout, used to fill joints around soap dish