I have to re-caulk a round corner stand up shower. I'm wondering the following:
- Can I re-caulk it without having to take it down? The previous guy that came over, had taken it outside to clean it and brought it back in (kept it somewhat in one piece).
- How clean is the surface supposed to be? I've so far scraped the inside (along the left, right and bottom of the rail) using a plastic scraper and some dissolving solution. There is still some residue remaining.
- Lastly, there is a gap between the bottom rail and the floor base. How much space is normal? Are a few millimeters okay, or should the bottom rail be sitting flush to the bottom?
I'm now wondering the following: should I just get rid of the current one (barely 5 years old) and get a new one?
Where it started leaking:
Noticed this (build up inside the rails) as I was trying to remove it, move it to the garage and clean it:
The build up is due to the ends being caulked I think:
A little history, this is a new construction approaching 5 years old. The original plumbers have had to come a few times to fix leaks on this very shower.
Noticed that the left "pillar" isn't tied to the bottom rail at all. Will have to redo the caulking on that panel as it has cracked while trying to take out the unit.
The walls aren't plumb it would seem. There is a noticeable gap in areas between the base and the rails.
Shower taken down and in the process of cleaning individual pieces.
Decided to lay the level on the bottom of the tray (left to right is from wall to center of tray):
Not sure if I should address it if it's off by this much? The rest of the walls are okay.
Also, contractor who built our house has been out of business for a bit now. The store where I assume he took our stuff cannot backtrack that far in the past. Having issues cleaning the parts, essentially a PITA.