Shower leaking, sealant used in cavity of wall

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  1. Oct 29, 2016 #1

    tomm

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    Hi, sorry to jump right in without looking around first, just wanted to ask some advice

    I live in a unit/apartment/condo so alot of my fittings are shared or external from inside. Not the issue just setting the scene...

    Anyway, i have a leaking shower so went about changing the washers and when i removed the tap to the part where you should see some part in the wall cavity i found that the hole has been sealed.

    The wall itself borders my shower wall and the outside shared hall and from what i can see has been painted over the same area where my shower should be prompting me to think there has been some work from the previous owners.

    I know basics but far from an expert so googled imaged what i'm talking about.

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    Any advice on what i should do?

    I can probably cut the sealant away in a messy job, change washer etc then replace but why the sealant is there is got me worried

    edit - sorry if wrong section, please move if needed
     
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    I am not seeing any sealant, please advise

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    I'm thinking he got this image from a google image search.
    similar to what he has.
     
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    Just probably an over cautious attempt to keep water out of the wall while using the shower.

    Just dig it out.
     
  5. Oct 30, 2016 #5

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    Yea I thought the image would help with my explanation, not really sure if I'm describing the right things

    And the sealant looks like it's stuffed in the hole like a filler so from the outside not sure how deep it will go

    my options are to have a crack and try remove or call an expert

    And thanks for responding
     
  6. Oct 30, 2016 #6

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    Dig in.

    Saw a sign on a auto repair shop once.

    Labor rates:
    $30 per hour
    $40 if you watch
    $50 if you help
    $75 if you tried to fix it yourself before you brought it in. :cool:

    Just be careful
     
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    It sounds like you are describing plumbers putty packed inside the escutcheon and valves. Does it look like this?

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