Loose tile in shower?

Discussion in 'Tilers' Talk' started by ben100, Nov 1, 2021.

  1. ben100

    ben100 Member

    I've got a single tile in the shower that seems a little loose, should I be buying a whole bag of adhesive & mixing it just to put this one tile on or is there something else I can use?
  2. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Depends what tile is fixed to. Wall or floor tile? And over what surface like wood or plasterboard ect.

    Can buy small pot or ready mixed adhesive and grout in one that may do job. Maybe get tile up and look before you head off to DIY or tile shop
  3. ben100

    ben100 Member

    It's the wall tile & I'm not too sure but if I had to say I think it's over plasterboard.
  4. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Just stick it with some grab adhesive and grout it up. If it’s a smallish white tile, just buy a tub of ‘fix and grout’ and be done with it.
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  5. ben100

    ben100 Member

    Any particular grab adhesive to go for? Would gripfill do it?
  6. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    probably, but one of the polymer type are better as they’re a bit more liquid. Stixall, sticks like **** etc.
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  7. ben100

    ben100 Member

    How long after can I grout it back in after sticking it on with one of those? Only reason I ask is it's a mates house & it's the only shower they have.
  8. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Screwfix Select

    A warning. There is a risk this is more than "just one loose tile" if it's on plasterboard. I had this once in a new house and found after removing one, that the plasterboard was mush and everything alongside it was also almost falling off. You may be lucky, but if the PB is wet, be prepared to strip it all off, replace with waterproof tile backer board and refix. - You may find you only have to do the bottom rows.

    My "go to" grab adhesive is geocell "the works" which will work with wet surfaces.

    Or it might even turn in to a full bathroom refit....
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  9. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    couple of hours should be fine. As rusty says, maybe the tip of the iceberg.

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