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Old 11-30-2013, 01:33 PM   #16
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Cut the wall open on that side of the tub repair with PVC primer and glue then install a nice plastic access door over your hole in the wall. You can also paint it so it looks good.

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Old 11-30-2013, 08:35 PM   #17
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Hears the problem, pvc is not glued together its fused together by melting to two pieces together, over time pvc looses its ability to fuse, PVC is petroleum based and over time the material becomes dry and semi Crystallizes, when you glue it, it may or may not fuse, you can give it a try and hope for the best, clean the areas to be glued with pvc cleaner, use ample amounts of glue on both parts to be glued. Good Luck
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:45 AM   #18
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You mentioned the shower is on the side with this, what about the wall it is against what is on the other side of that? If it's another room you may be better off making an access way through the drywall.
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Thank you all for the suggestions and help. I did some research on this chat room and other places, and found out too late that we should never have tried to replace the drain stopper from the first place, in this situation as "a fitted bathtub without access", taking the stopper off risks loosening the original drain shoe connection that is almost impossible to fix. I really wish that there was a label inscribed inconspicuously somewhere on the stopper or bathtub that says "do not try to replace the stopper without consulting a plumber" lol. I am sure we are not the only people who messed it up, the lucky ones just did not loosen up the drain shoe, or they do not realize it is loose because it did not fall apart completely.

Anyway, what is done is done, even if I rip off the tiles on the shower booth wall which the tub shares and open an access area from the shower booth, I am not sure if it will solve the problem, since the floor of the booth is higher than that of the bathtub, and the cost of an unsure solution is more than we can afford. We do not want to mess up again.

What we finally decided to do is to seal the connection between the shoe and pipe with putty, test it, make sure there is is not leak and then very gently screw the stopper back on. It is very tricky, and we did it like operating on a brain. First we align the shoe to the pipe and make sure it is centered on the drain, then use a generous amount of putty to seal the connection in the direction of the flow of the water. There is a wall (I do not what to call it) at the connection and it make is easy to seal. Then we carefully put water through the drain to see if there is any leak. After we confirm there is no leak, we screw in the stopper with the greatest care. We tried it several times and finally got it.

We still have our doubts about this solution, but it is a "solution" when there is no affordable solution. We figure since the original installation is so easy to break and yet still works, maybe we are just replicating it and it should work if no major disturbances occur on the critical area. Again. Fingers crossed.
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Do you have homeowners insurance ? its is a broken pipe. don't think what your planing is gonna work, sorry...
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It would be covered under most home owner insurances.

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