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Old 01-15-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Need help!! In our bathroom the spicket pulls away from the wall very easily. If you pull the handle where you turn the water on this pulls away from the wall too. Seems that the pipe behind wall is not secured. I have recalked with 100% silicone but we continue to get a musty smell so water has to be getting behind wall from where faucet pulls away from wall. Any idea how to fix this? Will upload photos

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There is no way to do this from the front side. Any shower or bath tub should have an access panel on the back side of the wall for a way to fix things like this.
That valve was suppost to be held in place with a 2 X 4 and clamps.
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No access panel
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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No (convenient, currently existing) access panel
Then you'll have to make your own from the OTHER side of the wall...
If this is an outside wall... you'll be doing some tile work soon.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:29 AM   #6
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What's on the back side?
They sell premade acess panels so all you would have to do if it's sheetrock is cut the hole, do the repair and the panel just snaps in place to cover the hole. Lowes and HD both have them. Buy the bigger one.
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Kitchen wall is on backside
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Kitchen wall is on backside
If that means cabinets and appliances...
then you're left with having to decide which is a bigger PITA to mess with.
It's either open the tile or whatever is in the kitchen.

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You only have two choises, remove the tile in the wet area or figure out a way to get access from the back, there is no magic fix for this one.
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It's not that its just a pita I am worried because of the musty smell so water has to be getting back there correct?
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You would be far better off to remove all the tile on that wall and strip it down to the studs, that way repairs can be done and be put back the right way.
And yes when you open up that wall there's going to be mold and possible wood damage behind the wall that's going to need to be addressed.
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Ok thanks for the help, I am nervous about doing this myself any ideas on how much this will cost
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My xray vision is in the shop.
There's no way anyone can tell you what the damage is or how much it's going to cost until the walls open up.
I can tell you a bathroom can be like cancer and the damage and repairs just keep growing.
Do you even have the know how or tools to do this job?
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I know what needs to be done and understand how to do it, that being said I have twin 3 year old boys and I am nervous about what I might find behind the wall not sure I would know how to repair everything and don't want to have a non-functional bathroom for too long
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...I have twin 3 year old boys ...
and don't want to have a non-functional bathroom for too long
You'll need to hire it out.
Plan to have another place to bathe for most of a week (minimum).
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Not to completely freak you out..
but depending on what is discovered inside the wall...
that week long plumbing and tile repair can grow exponentially.


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