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Old 06-06-2009, 11:37 PM   #16
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Ok tested this, I know it has been awhile. When I just turn on the water everything is fine. Running bath water seems to be ok. When I run the shower it leaks in the basement and water is coming from the floorboard of the other side of the wall of the shower.

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Ok tested this, I know it has been awhile. When I just turn on the water everything is fine. Running bath water seems to be ok. When I run the shower it leaks in the basement and water is coming from the floorboard of the other side of the wall of the shower.
Is the water coming from the wall in which the faucet and showerhead are installed?

If so, the leak may be in the pipe that goes up from your shower faucet handle to the shower head, most likely in one of the joints at the top or bottom.



My first guess is there's a leak in the joint behind where the shower head comes out of the wall. Try removing the showerhead and the pipe that goes into the wall and then reinstall it with teflon tape on the threads.

You also should be able to remove the flashing around the faucet handle and see what's happening when you turn on the shower. If it's leaking at the shower pipe joint on the faucet, you should be able to fix it there or, alternatively, get at that through the wall from the adjoining room.
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LR has said it right. The last component to be installed is generally the shower head or handles, sometimes not done by a plumber, but a contractors handy man, so start at the threaded joints there just inside the wall. But look for the leak before removing the bent neck pipe
You may be able to pull the shower head flange forward down the bent neck for the head and inspect that joint for a leak with water running . If you find the leak there use only teflon tape, no caulking. I find 1 to 1/2 wraps around the pipe thread is fine and don't overtighten the pipe when reinstalling.
If you have trouble inspecting the tap handle area post a picture. Most taps install with a hidden allen screw about 1/8" or regular screw under a cap. then the large flange comes off when the handle is removed

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