COMMUNITY FORUM

wwat78

06:32AM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 02/10/02
1 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
After I moved into a house, 1940 era, we tried to use a shower upstairs. Well, water leaked through the ceiling below into the kitchen. When we take a bath, it does not leak....only when we shower. I was curious is there a way that I could recalk theh tile or should I tear it down and put up a pre-fab piece. We really like the tile but have not been able to shower since then. Also, in another shower upstairs, the shower pan leaks. WE have never used this shower because some of the tile is falling off the wall. It is not a very big shower, maybe 3.5x3.5 or 4x4. Is there anyway that I can save the tile that is in there now and replace the base pan?

rpxlpx

07:53AM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
You would do yourself a favor by doing everything you can to first be certain what is leaking before you tear out the tile. I had a similar experience and the problem was the extension pipe that the shower head screws into. It was leaking inside the wall where it screws into the other plumbing. When I finally found the problem, it cost me less than ten dollars to fix. One giveaway was that when I removed the shower head and ran water, it didn't leak. The shower head being in place put enough back pressure on it to cause the leak.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited February 11, 2002).]

Iceman

12:35PM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
302 lifetime posts
Dear WW,
Rpxlpx has a good point. However, in the 1940's galvanized pipe was on it's way out and copper was on it's way in. Get your reading glasses on, this one's long. First unscrew the shower arm. Remove the chrome flange from the shower arm. Use teflon tape on the threads and screw it back in with the shower head attached. See if the leak is from the connection or the fitting. Back then , 50/50 type solder was used to sweat the joints. If the installer used to much pressure tightening the joint that wasn't fastened properly, he may have cracked the solder. If you can't see a leak, remove the faucet handle and the flange and insert a piece of paper in the hole. Run the shower.
If that is where the leak is, the paper will be wet. If the leak is coming from the tile, get a grout saw and clean out the grout and regrout. Replacing tiles amounts to using construction adhesive to secure the tiles and regrouting. Simply duct tape the repair and when dry, regrout and seal.
Len
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1