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Tiling error :(

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Pinkstars2501 Tue 03-May-16 11:16:57

Hi, my first time posting in this section.

My husband had re-tiled the kitchen, but intead of unscrewing the sockets first (he forgot apparently), he's tiles around them and now there are uneven gaps around them and they are at the same level to the tile instead of set out from them.

I wouldn't really care if the gaps were at least the same size all around, but they're not. He's also managed to get a fair bit of adhesive in the gaps, so I think is nervous of undoing it and pulling off incase he scratches or breaks the tiles.
I did look at socket surrounds just to cover which would be fine, but it seems you put these behind the socket.

My question is, is there a simple solution to this (do stick in surrounds exist, will my tiles snap if we try to take the socket off?).

Sorry for the ramble, hope it's clear. Any help would be great. As you can probably tell, we are completely new to DIY......however I did tell him to take of the sockets hmm

Pinkstars2501 Tue 03-May-16 11:17:40

Ps it's black tiles with white grout so will be quite obvoius

whatnoww Tue 03-May-16 11:20:08

Can you post a pic? I think I'm following but not sure grin

GooodMythicalMorning Tue 03-May-16 11:22:55

Hmm. Im thinking it either stays like that or its a redo. sad

Pinkstars2501 Tue 03-May-16 11:31:41

I can't post a pic I'm out at the moment.
Please don't say redo, it's taken ages and honestly would otherwise have looked really good sad luckily it's only one wall not all three. So he's taken the rest off for the next walls. In fairness (I guess), the people before us did exactly the same thing so the old tiles were flush as well.....daft.

Do you think if I used a grout remover tool it'd work? Then I could at least put socket surrounds behind to hide the uneven edges.

Pinkstars2501 Tue 03-May-16 11:41:55

Ooo I've been updated by text to say he's managed to get the sockets off the wall now without cracking tiles. The only thing is that they do have a fair bit of stuff on them that's dry (adhesive and grout all in one stuff).
Does any clever person no of a way to get these clean? I was thinking of just wetting and sanding manually?

Neither of us feel confident to replace them unless it's really really easy.....

Next time any form of tiling or more than painting is needed i'm calling in the professionals for sure!

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 03-May-16 11:44:16

Sockets cost about £3. Just buy new ones.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 03-May-16 11:45:31

Don't wet them with the power on!

Pinkstars2501 Tue 03-May-16 12:05:55

Yeh I'm not about to use water around live electrics, I'm new but not that new grin
It's not the cost, I just don't know how to do it and if it was simple enough to clean then that'd do me. I'll have a look on you tube.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 03-May-16 12:08:22

grin grin I've removed fairly new grouting with a damp scouring sponge before. A white one for non-stick pans because you don't want scratches on the sockets.

They're pretty simple to wire and will already be wired in so you know which switch goes where.

Titsywoo Tue 03-May-16 12:08:30

Get a window scraper to get the adhesive off

Pinkstars2501 Tue 03-May-16 13:31:45

Thankyou all. I'm going with a scourer and gentle elbow grease for now. Failing that I shall get new ones.

When it's new bathroom time I think I'll pay someone wink

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 03-May-16 13:35:04

If they don't go in entirely straight a bit of decorator's calk might help.

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