How do you cut holes in tile for tub spouts and mixing valves?
Should you lay tile directly on the tub or on spacers?
We answer all these questions in today’s video…
The first thing you should do when tiling a shower is figure out your layout.
Then you should tile the main shower wall, typically this is 5 feet.
We’re tiling the mixing valve wall today and this presents some problems for most homeowners.
Particularly when it comes time to cut holes in the tile for the tub spout, shower valve and shower arm.
Using a laser level makes tiling a shower so much easier.
We recommend Bosch’s laser level for about (
Line up your first row of tiles on the mixing valve wall with the tiles on the main wall.
Steve has several tips in the video to make this look super professional and neat.
Always lay your tile on a 1/16″ spacer, not the tub.
And leave a 1/16″ gap between the main wall tile and mixing valve tile in the corner.
In this video we used Schluter edging instead of bullnose, it’s way cheaper and more modern.
We waited to install the Schluter edging until finished with all the tile but made a pencil mark on the wall to indicate it’s location.
Also, when you get to the tub spout you can transfer the dimensions onto your tile.
Use a carbide hole saw to cut the hole in the tile, again, Steve has several recommendations.
For the mixing valve wall you can use a 4 1/2″ angle grinder and carbide blade ( to cut a hole in the tile.
This can be dangerous. So use a wheel guard (unlike us), goggles, gloves, respirator, etc.
Watch the rest of the video to get all of our tips
Visit Home Repair Tutor to see the written tutorial
To make tiling easier try Tuscan Seam Clips (leveling clips) :
For tile 1/4″- 3/8″ (blue) –
For tile 3/8″ – 1/2″ (red) –
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