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Old 12-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #31
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You're right of course. Its not like cutting a hole in my ceilings is beyond my skillset. I will do this this evening and post photos. I think I'm psychologically equating the hole to my making things worse. I know my wife will
After seeing what is going on after cutting the hole, at least you will have time to make a "better" informed decision.

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Old 02-15-2014, 05:54 PM   #32
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DANG! I was following this thread closely and was anxious to see the pics after mikestorm cut a hole!
I have a very similar situation with my 16 year old home, master shower leaking through to family room ceiling, so far just staining, not dripping. Shower is a hot-mopped style and all tile, have checked shower valve/plumbing etc. and determined it is either a leaking hot-mop pan issue (I hope not!) or the shower drain. But as mikestorm was, I am reluctant to cut a hole in the family room ceiling.
With painter's tape I laid out the upstairs floor-plan onto the ceiling and have drilled a couple small holes to see if any water would drip (it didn't). The home is (just?) 16 years old and I would hope BOTH/EITHER of these possibilities would have lasted longer?!?!? After the wife and I have each used the shower, I can feel the stain is more damp than before.
Pics show stains and layout. Square layout is shower and you can see small hole where I expect the drain to be. Stains are apparently edges of drywall sheet that leak has traveled to from?
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While I was inspecting showers when they stuck it on plumbing inspectors for a while I noticed a lot of the waterproof liners did not encapsulate the threshold completely. Including the outside of the threshold. Your problem sort of sounds like a threshold issue.
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Kenz, I didn't follow up because I never cut the hole. I think my wife just wanted our master bathroom back, so I ended up hiring the tile guy to rebuild the step...and he was 100% right; once the step was rebuilt, leak was fixed completely.

After removing the door, then cap, and inspecting the wood which comprised the core of the old step, it was completely rotted through. Additionally, when he retiled, he used larger tiles on the inside side of the step, which decreased the # of tile joints around the problem area. Originally, there were two rows of tile (one full size, one partial) on the inside side of the step, now there is one row (refer to original pictures).

All in all I'm pretty satisfied!

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That's great mikestorm, really glad you got it worked out and thanks for the response.
MY situation on the other hand, is not progressing very well.......; have removed almost a full sheet size of drywall from the family room ceiling, all the plumbing looks intact and not leaking. Today removed drywall from the backside wall of the shower where the valve is, still nothing obvious. Plugged the drain and filled the shower with water, almost up to the top of the curb and got a slow but steady drip downstairs. Drained about half of the water, left about 1" (which is MUCH more than would ever accumulate during a shower) and the drip has pretty much stopped.....
I'm working with a friend who is a retired plumber and we are both just dumbfounded. Still working on it.....
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Plugged the drain and filled the shower with water, almost up to the top of the curb and got a slow but steady drip downstairs. Drained about half of the water, left about 1" (which is MUCH more than would ever accumulate during a shower) and the drip has pretty much stopped.....
I'm working with a friend who is a retired plumber and we are both just dumbfounded. Still working on it.....

Sounds like you found the problem. Leak is in shower pan, higher than the 1" mark.
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Sounds like you found the problem. Leak is in shower pan, higher than the 1" mark.
Yeah, I guess I did. It is a hot-mop/tile shower, got an estimate for a fix, but will probably go for a new shower. Functional, but not fancy, will use same style white tile because the tub surround and counter-top are all that too. Had a glass/mirror guy take some measurements today for the enclosure and expect a quote back from him soon.

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