Experienced DIYers help with shower repair?

Reply

  #1  
Old 10-27-17, 07:38 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 7
Experienced DIYers help with shower repair?

Hello everyone,

I am totally new to home DIY and I would like some help for this bathroom situation. Please see attached images.

Is this DIYable?

This is my bathroom in my apartment. I went to home depot and asked, and I was told that all that is needed is grout to fill up those cracked spaces. Please let me know what you think the best way to handle this is.

Thank you for your time in advance.

James
 
Attached Images      
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-27-17, 08:00 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 7
Sorry, the 4th picture is upside down. That picture is showing the floor inside the shower booth.
 
  #3  
Old 10-27-17, 08:30 AM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 2,359
The area at the bottom right, outside, appears to be drywall that is getting wet from water getting past the door. That can be removed and patched up.

The other areas are not clear from the pictures, do you have areas of grout that are missing and need patching?
 
  #4  
Old 10-27-17, 08:46 AM
Member
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 165
In the fourth picture is that a big gap between the step out and the bottom tile?
 
  #5  
Old 10-27-17, 09:56 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 7
Thank you for your replies! I made the areas in question clearer by circling them in red in the newly attached images.

Marq1,

How can I get remove that area and get that area patched up?

kramttocs

Yes, that is one of the biggest concerns that I have
 
Attached Images     
  #6  
Old 10-27-17, 09:56 AM
ray2047's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 32,870
Unless you own the apartment this is not your responsibility. The owner needs to fix it. If you do the repairs and the owner doesn't like them you could lose your deposit or even more.
 
  #7  
Old 10-27-17, 10:00 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 7
The apartment is owned by a family member of mine

So, I would like to take great care of these problems. If professional help is indicated, I am willing to do so, but I am exploring possible DIY options for now first~!
 
  #8  
Old 10-27-17, 10:29 AM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 2,359
Fir the exterior repair that just needs to have the drywall dug out of the wall and patched up, primed and repainted. It's a wall repair vs tile repair.

The other areas look like they need some group repair. You will want to find a similar grout (not pre mixed) dig out old grout so new will stick and work it into the joints, a relatively easy DIY project.
 
  #9  
Old 10-27-17, 12:16 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 7
Oh wow,
How can I dig out the drywall? When you say the word "drywall", are you referring to the area with rust that appears to have been patched previously?

Also, how can I dig out the old grout without breaking the tiles?

Sorry for the ignorance! and thank you for your time!

James
 
  #10  
Old 10-27-17, 05:35 PM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 11,555
Wink

Here is some grout removal help.

https://www.google.com/search?source....0.DI-dLRe1qCU

Drywall refers to the material on the walls. Also referred to as sheet rock or perhaps wallboard. The rust is from the metal corner bead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drywall

https://www.google.com/search?ei=SdD....0.pr6L3kF9qTs

The drywall pros here knock off at 3 on Fridays. Union rules.
 
  #11  
Old 10-28-17, 01:02 PM
czizzi's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 7,124
If the crack is in a corner (outside, inside, shelf, etc) then the repair is with caulking, not grout. This is a perfect example of why you caulk the areas where planes change in a tile job.

The flat areas on the floor or near the drain can be grouted.

Be very careful when removing gout that you don't dig too far and possibly damaged the waterproofing. If a kerdi shower, the membrane will be directly under the tile.
 
  #12  
Old 11-02-17, 12:00 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by czizzi View Post
If the crack is in a corner (outside, inside, shelf, etc) then the repair is with caulking, not grout. This is a perfect example of why you caulk the areas where planes change in a tile job.

The flat areas on the floor or near the drain can be grouted.

Be very careful when removing gout that you don't dig too far and possibly damaged the waterproofing. If a kerdi shower, the membrane will be directly under the tile.
Thank you for your time to try to help me out!

How do I make sure that I don't dig too far in?
 
  #13  
Old 11-02-17, 06:02 PM
czizzi's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 7,124
Pull the trim on the shower supply handle and look at the construction of the wall behind the tile through the hole made for the plumbing. Take a picture and upload it is you still have questions. Grout is never deeper than the thickness of the tile. So, open up the trim and see if the membrane is right under the tile, or if cement board and a membrane behind.
 
  #14  
Old 03-11-18, 09:56 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 7
Do I use grout or caulk or silicone?

I was planning on using grout. Went to home depot / Lowes today to buy the joint applicator, and one guy there was furious that I should not be using grout as it will dry up and end up cracking. And he is recommending using this product. I am so lost in this Thank you for your help / advice all!

https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE-Silicone...RoCkpkQAvD_BwE
 
  #15  
Old 03-13-18, 01:39 PM
Member
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 3,399
I'd personally use caulk because grout is not going to bond to the metal drain. Clear would look better IMO.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'