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02-04-2020 06:14 PM

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I don’t know if this is the correct place or even the correct website for my question. We recently had a whirlpool bath tub installed in our master bath. The surround and deck is covered in ceramic white tile about 4” square. The issue I am concerned about is the service access hatch for the whirlpool. The installer was going to cover a cement board with the white tile and screw it to the surround framework. However they had problems with the screws cracking the tile. Instead they placed the hatch and used some bullnose trim tiles to hold it into place. To gain access these trim tile will need to be removed and then replaced.

My though is to try and find an acrylic sheet with a white tile pattern. However I can’t find any. Does anyone know of a source for such an item? Also any suggestions other than using an acrylic sheet?


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#1 posted 02-04-2020 06:39 PM

There are many ways the tiled cement board could be held in place other than running screws through it (bad idea from the get-go and wouldn’t look very good). How about magnets?

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#2 posted 02-04-2020 06:42 PM

Can’t help you with the acrylic sheet, but I have seen the access hatch attached at the top with a strip of stainless piano hinge and just the weight of the tile holds the hatch shut. I would say that if you would want to you could even hold a pretty good size hatch in place with several super magnets. Some on the surround and some on the hatch.

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#3 posted 02-04-2020 11:38 PM

Half inch rare earth magnets will hold if they are paired up at at least 4 places on the hatchs perimiter. Pair them with one in the door and one on the hatch frame….make sure you get the polarity matched before you blue them in. To make it even stronger get the mounting cups that hole them.

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#4 posted 02-04-2020 11:55 PM

if you have question specifically about home improvement try home refurbers it’a a sister forum to lumber jocks you can use your same sign on.its all about home remodeling and construction.

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#5 posted 02-05-2020 05:24 PM

Magnets are a possibility but how can I create a pocket in the cement board for the magnets to fit into?

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#6 posted 02-05-2020 05:41 PM

With a masonry bit in your drill

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#7 posted 02-05-2020 05:50 PM



Magnets are a possibility but how can I create a pocket in the cement board for the magnets to fit into?

- dschlic1

If you can’t drill into the board you could explore surface mounting magnets on the board and have the magnets they will interact with recessed in the wooden frame the correct depth.

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#8 posted 02-05-2020 08:28 PM

Pottz is on the button

And as a result I have flagged for consideration for relocation to the correct area.

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#9 posted 02-05-2020 08:47 PM



Pottz is on the button

And as a result I have flagged for consideration for relocation to the correct area.

- robscastle


easy buddy it was only a suggestion ;-)

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#10 posted 02-05-2020 10:42 PM

No probs you suggested, and I acted, its up to the mediators now Over and Out Buzzzit

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