10:06AM | 05/07/00
Member Since: 05/06/00
1 lifetime posts
Hi there,

We had our master bathroom remodeled six months ago and have had a problem with the caulking between the tiles and the outside of the floor drain. The tiles in the shower are the small, old-fashioned square ceramic tiles. The shower drain is a 3.5" round nickle plated drain.

The problem is that the caulking is not holding up too well. It's very rubbery and pieces have come out. There are now a few gaps between the tile and the drain that hold water.

Before you reply that it wasn't installed properly in the first place, let me tell you how I reinstalled it. First I scraped all the old caulking out. Then I dried the area with a hair dryer. Then I let it dry another seven days just to be sure. Finally, I applied the caulking to the gap and let that dry 24 hours.

Does anyone know what could be the problem? Is there another product we could use that would hold up better?

Thanks so much for you time.

4-K Carpenters

08:20PM | 05/16/00
Member Since: 05/15/00
21 lifetime posts
You might try an industrial caulk that is meant for showers/tubs. If this doesn't work and you had someone else remodel your bathroom, I'd call them up to fix the problem for you.


03:30PM | 05/17/00
Member Since: 05/15/00
19 lifetime posts
You may want to remove the drain collar again, and put 3/8" thick roll of plumbers putty all the way around the bottom of the collar. Then press firmly to the shower floor until the putty starts to squeeze out. Then tighten the locking nut, at the bottom of the shower, to keep the drain collar in place.


09:48AM | 04/10/01
Member Since: 04/03/01
40 lifetime posts
HI, I'm tiling a bathroom shower floor (with the 2" tiles) as we speak (actually taking a break from it right now!) and about the drain... what to do where the tile meets the drain... I talked to a few people's at Lowe's who instructed me to use a line of SILICONE caulk around the outside of the drain where it meets the tile, as well as using the SILICONE caulk on all the joints of the shower door, top of shower walls, etc. What kind of caulk are you using? Don't use the regular stuff, even if it says "kitchens and baths" Some of it may not be waterPROOF... but Silicone is. good luck to ya!


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