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#1 Mokes

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Posted May 08 2011 - 8:11 AM

Hoping somebody can help me a quick fix for now.

We have a stand up shower in out little house. From the center-drain, there is about a 4 inch crack that has developed rather suddenly. (I don't think the floor was properly supported when installed.)

I have no way to access underneath the shower, so I have to repair the crack from on top and soon. All I have right now is Devcon 2 Ton epoxy, lol. I know the stuff is strong, but I don't think it will hold at all if you step on the crack. Even if I sand it before applying.

Mainly for now, I just want to shore up the crack to keep it from leaking below. Our house is on a slab, so I'm not overly concerned with SOME water seeping through, but it's nothing I want to have continue either.

Eventually, when we can afford it, we are going to replace the whole bathroom, but that is a project we can't afford right now. (this home owning stuff is scary, lol)

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Posted May 08 2011 - 9:02 AM

I think they make a liner that you can put over the excisting shower pan. Something like what bath fitters does. Not sure how much something like would cost. I would guess about 100 or 200. You might be able to buy one and put in yourself.
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Posted May 08 2011 - 1:56 PM

If the fiberglass moves at all caulk will not stop the water. It will slow it down but flexing will break anything you do. Add hot water expansion to it and well, you have what you have.


A fix would be; Drill a small hole in the base, squirt expanding foam under the pan. After the foam sets, mix up a quart of 2part fiberglass resin and pour it over the floor. Keep brushing it out of the drain and try & keep it from lumping into a sloppy mess and it should setup in about 15minutes.

The foam should keep the floor from flexing as much and the resin will seal the floor and both things will not make a huge problem to get rid of when you redo the shower.

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Posted May 08 2011 - 7:24 PM

I would drill a small hole at the end of the crack to keep it from
spreading, then I would clean the fiberglass surface to remove
all dirt , oil, etc. Afterward I would lightly sand the area and then
apply some fiberglass cloth and epoxy coating in several layers.
Its just like what you would do to repair a fiberglass boat
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Posted May 08 2011 - 11:03 PM


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I would drill a small hole at the end of the crack to keep it from
spreading, then I would clean the fiberglass surface to remove
all dirt , oil, etc. Afterward I would lightly sand the area and then
apply some fiberglass cloth and epoxy coating in several layers.
Its just like what you would do to repair a fiberglass boat






+shower 1 at a time til you have it redone.


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Posted May 09 2011 - 12:27 PM


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+shower 1 at a time til you have it redone.







LOL. Yeah...wifey wants a fancy stone shower, which I am fine with, but it's gonna take, time, planning and a LOT of money. Not sure she understands this. I do have the Home Depot Do it Yourself book though.......

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