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Old 11-17-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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I am fairly new at this so this might be a fairly straight fwd question.

I am recaulking my entire shower in the bathroom and I was able to remove the rubber-like caulk from all 4 sides. After i removed the rubber-like caulk material i noticed something where the tile and 'shower pan' (plastic/fiberglass drain pan) meet. I noticed that there is a hard white colored thing between the tile and the shower pan. I am not sure if I should remove this also before applying the new caulk. I am attaching a pic to make it a bit more clear.

If i remove this hard white thing there is a gap between the tile and the shower pan. so not sure if im supposed to remove the hard white thing and fill the gap with new caulk.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:41 PM   #2
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The only thing I see in the pic to be removed is old caulk or grout. By all means remove it.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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So if I remove the grout, do I need to fill the gap in with grout or just caulk?
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:20 PM   #4
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It looks like you can fill the gap with caulk.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:20 AM   #5
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J channel used to protect the edge of the wall material. It could also be H channel used to hold two sheets of wall material together. Either way I wouldn't personaly remove it unless its unstable, interferring with the appearance of the surface or your new caulk. Thanks for the pic, but it doesn't show me the particular object you refer to...an arrow could help. I wish you well caulking, not an easy task in old installation. One hint to help, don't cut the caulk tube too large on the tip, a small application of caulk is much easier to handle and shape than a large one. Several applications work better sometimes also.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:41 PM   #6
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good grief. we have a VERY similar situation in the bath of our rental... and I have to re-caulk that prior to 1/1. Please keep caulking tips for old installations coming... I'm afraid of making a mess....
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