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Old 02-08-2011, 07:43 AM   #16
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What did you find. Hope it was good.

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What did you find. Hope it was good.
I didn't forget about you. I'm just not up to the point of testing the shower just yet. I'm (slowly) working up to it as I finish up a few other little things in the bathroom first. I'll definitely post an update once I do it.

In the mean time, you mentioned using a urethane caulk to seal those cracks. Will that be any better than using a standard Silicone Bath caulk? I typically use the GE Silicone II Bath and Kitchen caulk. The only urethane caulk I could find was this one.

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Urathane caulk is extremely long lasting, but very hard to work with. Silicones are very flexible and are easier to work with. They just mildew quickly. When you use it, cut a small hole in the tip of the tube and spread a small amount or thin line. It doesn't take much. (It needs to look like a line of grout). Then keep a finger wet with alcohol and push the grout flat and smooth with the joints. Take your time and make it pretty. Also wipe off the excess on the tile with the alcohol. Have fun
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:39 PM   #19
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Let me ask where in the house this shower is located and what is below it if anything?

From the looks of that picture and the age of that shower and if it does have a lead pan I'm not sure filling it with water is the prudent thing to do. If it leaks will it damage anything around or below it?
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@jimg3958: thanks again. I'll look to see if the urathane caulk is available locally - and maybe I'll do a few tests on some scrap material - if not I'll just stick with the silicone. Thanks for those little tips as well.

@Bud: That stall is in the master bathroom on the 2nd floor. Below it is our powder room off the den in the lower level.

Also, while we haven't used the shower in over a year we did use the shower for a month or two when we first moved into the house and there were no signs of leaks in the ceiling below the shower. I know that the previous owners used the stall every day. I would imagine that filling the pan with water would be more extreme than normal usage but we didn't have any signs of leaking before so I'm hoping that it is still good to go. I do understand about not wanting it to leak into the ceiling below. I guess there's a risk either way. Either find out now or find out later?
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If it does leak and causes damage below, your homeowners insurance will cover the damage caused by the leak but it won't cover the cost of repairing the cause of the damage (the shower). If you do get damage and you contact your insurance adjuster, don't volunteer that you intentionally flooded the shower receptor to see if it would leak. Know what I mean Vern?
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I have a shower that has 2x2 tiles on the floor that have raised up. I think I need to build a new shower pan. How do I do it? I am thinking of a rubber liner with cement over it? Am I on the right trac?

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