Saturday, January 13, 2007

Shower project!

So, here's the thing! I've had nothing but trouble with the shower in my tiny bathroom ever since I had it put in. It always seems to leak. When I first had it put in it was tiled and water always seeped outside the shower. A couple years ago the tile started to fall off so I hired someone to put in a whole new shower. That was a nightmare in a couple ways! One, I had so much trouble getting the shower that I refuse to go to home depot any more! Two, when I used the upstairs shower I came down and found water on the dining room floor. After tearing up the bathroom floor and the dining room wall we discovered the old cast iron drain pipe was cracked which turned into a $1,000 project.Of course the shower has leaked since the beginning! I have gotten pretty good a caulking, which I have done several times. Since the bathroom is a mess anyway I decided to try to fix the shower! I took it apart today
You should not be able to see that wallpaper while standing inside the shower!
I removed the metal piece that connects the shower to the wall. I removed all the caulk with the help of a box cutter and some lighter fluid.
I have a heater in there to make sure everything gets dried out. I stripped the wallpaper and primed the plaster where the metal piece goes back up to help form a water barrier. Tomorrow I will put caulk on the wall before I put the metal piece back up. This is the step that is never done and that I think(and REALLY hope) will stop the leakage. If not I think I'll just pretend it's okay because I'm REALLY sick of this problem!


Rachel said...

Oh my goodness! I hope that this does indeed take care of the problem. What a hassle you have had. Good luck! (fingers crossed for you!).

The Tiquehunters Wife said...

I really hope and will be praying this works out for you. That is a lot to go through, to say the least!! I can really understand why you are sick of going through this.

Susie said...

Aren't you the handy one! Hope this solves the problem after all this work!

Laurie and Chris said...

I can't beleive that your contractors didn't put caulk or some kind of sealer behind the frame pieces before they attached them to the walls. If I had known that, I would have told you that that is probably why you had a leak. It doesn't surprise me that the first 2 guys didn't seal it, but the last guy should have known better.

Love, your favorite son-in-law.

Lilli in Vancouver said...

My, my! You are quite the Handywoman!

Carole Burant said...

Oh dear, I do hope you've discovered that this is what has been wrong with it all along! It's such a nuissance when something doesn't work well, even after having "professionals" look at it! Sheesh!