Custom Shower Upgrade: part I

This project started as a challenge to fix a 30-ish year old custom shower with some cool late 80s features like glass block wall, ‘foyer’, and wall nozzles. But, the shower also had some not so cool ‘features’ like kinda grungy and uneven floor tile and unfortunate accent stripes: But most importantly, the shower was leaking from the base. Not good. So this project started … Continue reading Custom Shower Upgrade: part I

Stylish Shower Replacement, part uno!

This post describes yet another ‘custom’ tile shower install fail. It was almost one of the most strangely bad shower construction installs I’ve seen. While I’d previously encountered shower installs done with no waterproofing at all and the most bizzare ‘waterproofing’ imaginable, this job was another first. How do you use all the (mostly) right ingredients to construct a shower that is completely wrong? Read … Continue reading Stylish Shower Replacement, part uno!

More Leaky Shower Fixing

Just about every month, I get calls from folks with the same problem — a ‘custom’ tiled shower that leaks water. Usually, folks first notice this as moisture wicking into baseboards next to the shower curb. Or, folks notice a musty moldy smell in an adjacent closet. OR, the problem announces itself quite loudly with water literally dripping from the ceiling below a second-floor shower. … Continue reading More Leaky Shower Fixing

Fixing the WORST, part deux!

This post describes the process of fixing perhaps the worst shower install imaginable. If you’d like the gory background for this project, then check out this previous post. If you’d instead just like to see how to apply a very creative (but still fully guaranteed) fix for a bizarre leaky shower problem, then read on! The Problem (abbreviated version) A previous renovation contractor had installed … Continue reading Fixing the WORST, part deux!

Fixing the WORST, part uno!

This was the most bizarrely terrible shower construction I’d ever encountered. So, it’s going to be a pretty long description encompassing what was wrong with the original shower design (with vids!), how that terrible design might’ve happened (a bit speculative), and finally how it was fixed without demolishing all of the existing tile (with tips!). That’s why the whole description is split into two parts. … Continue reading Fixing the WORST, part uno!