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minimii 09-06-2012 11:48 PM

quick fix for shower pan crack
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Our shower is leaking. I opened up the ceiling under stair under where the show pan is and cut out part of the subfloor. I can see some cracks about 1/2"x2", as in the attached image. The top of the cut in the picture is the edge of the shower pan. This old show pan seems made of aluminum or tin.

We are not ready to totally replace the shower right now. We plan to tear down the bed room and bath room and totally redo the whole floor in about two years. So I only need a fix that would last about two years.

Should I use solder to fix the hole in the lower right part as in the photo? What should I use to fix those crack?


joecaption 09-07-2012 10:25 AM

Post a picture of inside the tub area.
Trying to fix it from below will never work.
If it's an old house then most likly it's lead.
That's just a metal liner under that ever they used under the tub, tile?
Sealing that will just form a pond trapping water which will just find another way out and form mold between the pan and what ever is above it.

JoeD 09-07-2012 01:19 PM

Hot glue gun.

nealtw 09-07-2012 04:42 PM

Reshape the lead around the hole so the water drips there and dosn't run somewhere else and hang a bucket under it.;)

joecaption 09-08-2012 11:42 AM

To fix it is going to involve gutting the whole pan from above.

CallMeVilla 09-08-2012 11:36 PM

How is the water reaching the pan? It should be directed to the drain. If the drain is shot, then you are looking at a crummy situation involving on-going leakage.

Since you will be re-doing the shower, can you grout all cracks, grout the floor itself, and apply sealant to all seams -- including the seam around the drain? This might serve as a temporary fix until you pop for the full remodel.

Not a pretty solution . . . but it is temporary, right?

JoeD 09-10-2012 07:52 AM

How about that spray stuff I see the guy seal a screen door with and use as boat. It is temporary.

nealtw 09-10-2012 05:20 PM

Joe: I would like to see that boat close up.:)

JoeD 09-11-2012 12:10 PM

nealtw 09-11-2012 06:43 PM

Sorry Joe: still a none beleiver, just the fact that there is no buldge in the screen when it is on the water. Just aint going to happen.

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