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Old 03-19-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Hi all, first post here for me!
Couple of questions:

1) I need to re-caulk at the base of my bathtub were it meets with the vinyl, but in one area the vinyl has lifted away abit from the subfloor. Its only about 1/2 inch so I don't know how I can get any adhesive in this tight spot. I need to get this down before the caulk goes on.

Anyone here have any bright ideas to help me out? We are planning on selling our house, and it is 5 yrs old.

2) same bathroom, different problem. In summer time with the higher humidity the vinyl lifts from the doorway to the tub in a straight line[seems to be right in line with the joist below] and it isn't stuck to the subfloor. In winter it goes down and you can't see it. Since this is right in line with the joist I'm thinking the builders didn't glue and screw this area properly and I am pretty sure that the thin subfloor that was put on top of the main subfloor [can't think of the right name right now] was not stapled down with the seams on top of the subfloor seams, but across.

IF this is my problem I'm thinking now would be a good time to screw into the subfloor from the basement while the humidity is low and the floor isn't lifted. How can this be done safely without going thru and wrecking the vinyl?
Do you think this is the problem or could it be something else?

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Replace the vinyl.

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sorry, not an option. There isn't anything wrong with the vinyl.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:08 AM   #4
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I might be able to help with the first problem.
We've used a piece of painted wood or a vinyl moulding(1/4"round) up against the tub base,glued and nailed in place,then put a fine bead of caulk across the top to keep any water out.
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yes there is. you yourself said that the vinyl is not stuck to the subfloor and is causing a line. That in itself cant really be repaired.
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yes there is. you yourself said that the vinyl is not stuck to the subfloor and is causing a line. That in itself cant really be repaired.
that is not the cause of the line, right now, being winter and low humidity there is absolutely no line visible at all. Its only in summer when the subfloor seems to lift at the joist that the line is visible. Its perfectly flat right now. That is why I thought if it would work to screw the subfloor at the joist from bellow , NOW would be the time while everything is laying flat.

Understand? We live in Central Canada and have very extreme temperatures here.

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I might be able to help with the first problem.
We've used a piece of painted wood or a vinyl moulding(1/4"round) up against the tub base,glued and nailed in place,then put a fine bead of caulk across the top to keep any water out.
Thanks oldfrt for your idea. If I can't figure something else out I may just have to do that. I'd rather not, cause then it looks like your trying to cover a fault, and I'd rather get it fixed so I can then caulk it.
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are there any professionals here who can give me a serious answer to my problem?
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I'm not giving up yet!
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usually when Vinyl lifts up like that it is because the vinyl is shrinking and it will not go back down.
you say it does in the winter.
very puzzling.

I recommend some tub strip along the tub to hold the vinyl down. it is kinda like cove base but smaller.
flooring stores should know what you need.
If I am wrong on this please post pics so I can visually inspect.

good luck!

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