06:32AM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 02/10/02
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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?


07:53AM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 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).]


12:35PM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 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.
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