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  1. Ok, thanks so much for this idea. I have a call...

    Ok, thanks so much for this idea. I have a call in to the plumber to ask what he is planning to do. Might I ask, what is the purpose of the mortar? The carpenter who is going to do the floor was...
  2. Really appreciate the forum. R

    Really appreciate the forum.
    R
  3. thanks so much Terry. The plumber is advocating...

    thanks so much Terry. The plumber is advocating for acrylic. Having had an ongoing problem with the old cast iron tub, I am inclined to go along with him.
    Ruth
  4. Might I ask you whether you have any thoughts on...

    Might I ask you whether you have any thoughts on the issue of the tub. In other words, once everything else is done, would it be preferable to reset the current cast iron tub, or to install a new...
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    Another thought to put into the mix - perhaps it...

    Another thought to put into the mix - perhaps it would help to have some kind of exhaust fan/vent to remove excess moisture from the room.
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    I can empathize. I think your initial contractor...

    I can empathize. I think your initial contractor is at fault. At the same time, you will be well advised to take care of the leak, even if you end up losing some money now. I have been dealing...
  7. ok, here are some data relevant to this question....

    ok, here are some data relevant to this question.

    When you go to the caulk section of the hardware store (at least the one in my town), one of the things they have is a special kind of tape for...
  8. ok, this is very good to know. Might I ask...

    ok, this is very good to know. Might I ask another question? At the moment, the plan is to just take out some lower rows of tile, enough to get the cast iron tub out so that the floor can be...
  9. Very good point. I don't want to redo everything...

    Very good point. I don't want to redo everything and then find out the walls are bad. Here is the story as far as I know it on the walls:

    Way back at the beginning of time, when the problem...
  10. Ok, I am will to do this. But when you say gut...

    Ok, I am will to do this. But when you say gut the tub area, what I am wondering is how much to gut. What they are planning to do is the following:
    1. Take out cast iron tub (have to take out...
  11. Yes, I missed most of the fine points, and...

    Yes, I missed most of the fine points, and probably many of the key points are out of my range of expertise. But I was admiring the thoroughness of it all. Ruth
  12. Ok, I taped a fairly stiff paper about the size...

    Ok, I taped a fairly stiff paper about the size of a yardstick onto the tile wall. Where it ended near the bottom of the wall of the tub, I put a piece of masking tape. From the outside of the tub,...
  13. Wow, quite amazing information, and good analysis...

    Wow, quite amazing information, and good analysis of the possible flex in the niche with weight on it. I am just going to report in on a weight experiment on my shifty CI tub on a different thread,...
  14. Smithtown, NY!!!! Anyway, one of the weird...

    Smithtown, NY!!!! Anyway, one of the weird things about this leak is that it only occurs when there is a body in the tub taking a shower. If you turn the shower on, aim it onto the tile wall, it...
  15. This is a very good idea, I will do this. I...

    This is a very good idea, I will do this. I suspect that the shifting will not be detectable. It is not at all apparent in other ways. I wouldn't even have thought of it as a potential problem,...
  16. This is a very good point. I agree that it is...

    This is a very good point. I agree that it is not the tub itself. It is something about the building structure. Definitely, the flooring under the tub is now rotted. However, the leaking wasn't...
  17. I am all for keeping the tub. The thing is...

    I am all for keeping the tub. The thing is though, it has leaked since the beginning. So how to properly install without leaks is what I am unsure about. How to effect the "No leaks" part. What...
  18. Yes, it is true that the movement is...

    Yes, it is true that the movement is undetectable. Nothing is noticeable, you really don't see anything at all as far as in the tub/bathroom. It is just that water will start coming down into the...
  19. These are very excellent points. I am not...

    These are very excellent points. I am not exactly sure what a tiling flange is, but I don't think I have one. That could be the problem. There is tiling on the 3 side walls, but it is just tiling,...
  20. Thanks so much for your response. One thing I...

    Thanks so much for your response. One thing I forgot to mention, before the problem was properly diagnosed, the tile was taken down, cement board was put up all around the shower, and the whole...
  21. Old shifty crack at tub/tile wall interface (front side) has become intolerable

    I received help from a brilliant plumber on this forum quite some years ago. The problem in brief was as follows:

    Water comes down into basement whenever someone takes a shower. However, no...
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    Just to mention, I had the showerhead raised in...

    Just to mention, I had the showerhead raised in my house because my husband was complaining that it was too low, hurting his back washing his hair, etc.

    It would be better had I NOT done this, for...
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    I ended up paying my son and his friend, I forget...

    I ended up paying my son and his friend, I forget what it came out to be for raking up the stones this past spring. Also, quite a bit of complaining on the part of my husband about the stones every...
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    "...So if I were you, I would put a rock-filled...

    "...So if I were you, I would put a rock-filled trench down the center under the first 1/3 (or maybe 1/2) of the length of your drive at its street end, then drain that sub-surface "trench" into a...
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    bought book on Concrete foundations has chapter on driveways

    Hopefully I can get information from this book, it sounds very complicated and the guy lives in the south.

    First you have to dig way down, unless your soil is evenly compacted underneath. Then...
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