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Freelancer 04-03-2006 12:42 PM

caulking a shower stall
In the fall, we moved into our first house, which had been recently renovated by numbskulls (we later determined). One of the problems we've found is that the shower stall leaks. After a minute or so of the shower running, water runs out onto the bathroom floor from underneath the pan. We determined that the drain is not leaking, so I ripped out all the old caulk and recaulked. I'm wondering now exactly what needs to be caulked. I've gone along all the seams and around the tracks. What about where the walls sit in the tracks? Do I caulk along the glass/track seam there? Also, the bars of the hollow frame are open at the top. Probably not much water gets up there, anyway, but it seems like maybe there should be some sort of cap on those. Any help would be appreciated!

tgeb 04-04-2006 03:28 PM

What kind of pan is in this shower, a prefab type or one that is made on site with a liner mudbed and a tile floor?

How did you determine that the drain was not leaking?

Shower door frames and tracks are designed to drain into the shower via weep holes or channels cut into the frame.

I would plug the drain real well so no water can get out. Then fill the shower base with water from a hose or by buckets, so you are not running the shower.

This way you can determine:
A: that it surely is not the drain.
B: That it surely is not a leak in the shower supply.
C: you can then determine at what level you leak is, if it is truly in the pan or slightly above the pan.

Post back with what you find out.:)


Bonus 04-05-2006 01:14 AM

Good advice from Tgeb, bet you $0.01 it's the drain.

Freelancer 04-05-2006 06:11 AM

I'll give that a shot. What do I use to plug the drain?

It's a pre-fab shower stall. We happen to have pretty easy access to the drain of this shower, and we didn't see any drips or anything around the pipes.

tgeb 04-05-2006 08:36 PM

You will have to get the grate off the drain and put what is called a test plug into the pipe. It should be a 2" diameter pipe you are dealing with.
You could stuff a rag inthe pipe but I doubt it would make a water tight seal.
It could be Around the drain that is leaking and not necessarily the pipe. Again I want to stress not to fill the shower base by running the shower, fill it with buckets from another source. You have to eliminate the possibility that it is leaking through the shower supply.


bet you $0.01 it's the drain
Make it a nickel and you're on. :cool:

Bonus 04-05-2006 10:44 PM

" Make it a nickel and you're on. :cool:"

Nah, too steep for me, I fold. :rolleyes:

tgeb 04-06-2006 05:25 PM



Tride 04-08-2006 09:37 PM

may not be caulking
I found a leak that I looked for was the elbow that the shower head extention screwed into. Had to cut a hole and resoider a new ell

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