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alsok2

06:16PM | 07/17/07
Member Since: 07/16/07
4 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I want to remove the lower track from the shower kit the previous owner installed (did not do a good job caulking and it needs to be resealed). Is this possible or am I going to have to rip the whole ?@#%@? shower kit off the walls too and start all over? I really don't want to do this since the sides are fine; it's just tremendously gross and loose under the bottom rail. HELP!
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Billhart

07:28PM | 07/17/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Sometimes those are installed backwards.

Look for a slot or holes in the side of the track. They should be on the INSIDE. And there should be no caulk on the inside so that they can drain out.

If they are on the outside you will need to turn it around. And from the picture it appears that you need to remove the sides also.

If you have to do that then follow what I can going to say below about removein the caulk. Then as you try to remove them use utility knife and fine putty knives and medium putty knives to get in and cut and break the caulk. Work slowing and gently or you will bend the tracks.

Here is the secial equipment need to remove the old caulk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbow_grease

There are caulk removing checmicals and they "sorta" work. But still very limited.

Lowes has one that I like Liftoff Caulk and Foam remover. It is in by the solvents and paint removers. There is a different type by the caulks. Speically if this is a silicon caulk. The acrylic caulks might do better with the other type of remover.

But this is the way that I work. Take a utility knife and cut down from the top and then from the side.

That will take out a lot of it. Then put the remover on and let is soften.

Then start scraping and scraping and scraping.

I have used plastic scrapers, metal scrapers the hoodk on metal scribes, etc, etc.

If it is silicon caulk keep applying the Liftoff and wiping. Each time that you do a little more will come off.

Then clean it and clean it again.

I like to end up with white vinegar and the rubing alcholo.

THEN you can apply new caulk.

alsok2

10:10AM | 07/18/07
Member Since: 07/16/07
4 lifetime posts
Thank you. A lot of this I knew from doing the other shower, but I did not know about the Liftoff Caulk and Foam cleaner. I do, however, have plenty of experience with the e.g. ^_^. I removed one side and the bottom rail last night and was sufficiently disgusted with what I found beneath so now I am thoroughly motivated to get the job done. Thanks again.
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