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Old 03-02-2017, 11:03 AM   #1
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Regarding the sealing of shower door frames to the marble sill at the bottom of the frame. I have a leak at this interface between the frame and the sill. Before I re-caulked, I noticed that only the outside of this interface is caulked; i.e. there is no caulk on the shower side of the frame. After looking at two other similar showers in my home, I found that none of them are caulked on the inside.
I'd appreciate feedback on my conclusion that this is common practice and is done so that water will not leak into the underside of the frame, be held there, and allow mold to grow, i.e. water that gets in there can drain back out.

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In my opinion, there should be caulk on both sides, but take special care to not caulk over the weep holes on the tracking.

Caulk the screw heads and you can individually removed them and back caulk before reinstalling.

If you are worried about water getting out, then something is wrong with the track. The only entrance point for waters where the track is penetrated is at the screws and those should be easy enough to seal.
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Thanks for the additional information.
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I found if the space between the track and the tile is too great, press some rubber stripping in there then caulk both sides. I used some screen door tubing (not sure what to call it) the rubber tube you press in the groove when repairing a screen door or window...
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A useful tip...thanks.
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Do you have a photo of the shower available?

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yes caulk on the inside as well. I remodeled my bathroom and I used clear caulk that was also more like a liquid nails type of product. Lasts longer. Wish I could remember the brand. If I do, I will post back.

For anyone who may stumble across this thread later just looking for a how to calking video... I am starting a thread on that. Wont post the video here out of courtesy unless jgtibbs66 allows me to.
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By all means...please feel free to post your video.
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By all means...please feel free to post your video.
ok here you go. I am also giving away one of these dripless caulking guns in the video

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I found if the space between the track and the tile is too great, press some rubber stripping in there then caulk both sides. I used some screen door tubing (not sure what to call it) the rubber tube you press in the groove when repairing a screen door or window...
It's called "screen spline"
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ok here you go. I am also giving away one of these dripless caulking guns in the video

Next time you apply caulk, cut the tube at a 45 degree angle and try pushing the caulk gun along the seam rather than pulling it. I read that tip years ago and thought the writer was crazy. Then I tried it. You will never go back to pulling it toward you again. The spout acts similar to your finger and smooths the caulk with little to no excess. It is amazing.

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Next time you apply caulk, cut the tube at a 45 degree angle and try pushing the caulk gun along the seam rather than pulling it. I read that tip years ago and thought the writer was crazy. Then I tried it. You will never go back to pulling it toward you again. The spout acts similar to your finger and smooths the caulk with little to no excess. It is amazing.

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I heard about that 45 degree + pushing forward thing a few days ago...after I made the video. I am going to try it and may create a second video just about that if it works well for me.
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Post it up when you do it. I want to see it in action.
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I will probably create a new thread on it
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I heard about that 45 degree + pushing forward thing a few days ago...after I made the video. I am going to try it and may create a second video just about that if it works well for me.
I keep the opening in the relatively small. If there is a large gap to fill, i simply push the gun slower and/or go back over the gap a second time. I also move the gun far more rapidly than is shown in your video.

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