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Redoing

July 12, 2015
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Sometimes we get asked if we are going to fix the little drinking fountain in the lobby. We think, if that is what we are getting around to fixing, we’ll be in a very good place with this project!

Gratuitous Lucy photo with the drinking fountain that currently functions as the flash light holder.

Gratuitous Lucy photo with the drinking fountain that currently functions as the flash light holder.

Unfortunately, we needed to fix something we already thought we had finished. We had a issue with the half wall in the shower. The drywall was moving, and continued to move since the first bulge appeared.

Drywall pushed out, solid surface pushed up

Drywall pushed out, solid surface pushed up

sweling 2

The swelling started at this end of the wall and moved toward the door

The swelling started at this end of the wall and moved toward the door

It turns out, we had a sealant failure where the wavy glass and the solid surface framed the shower.  A small amount of water was seeping inside the wall. It wasn’t a lot, but over time, it caused the problem. The trick to fixing it was to keep the wall intact and fix it from the outside of shower. We didn’t want to touch the marble tile inside the shower.

The project started with setting up a temporary curtain so we can still use the shower. Removing the solid surface and the glass panel, along with the materials from the room side exposed the culprit- the wood sill swelled, pushing out the drywall.

removing solid surface 2

removing solid surface

removing drywall

The bad materials needed to be removed and the wall cavity dried out.

dry it out

Once that was done, the swelled wood was planed back to it’s original shape and new drywall installed, spackled and painted.

drywall

New drywall

Spackle

Spackle

 

new sealant

New and improved sealant installation- same product- exterior grade (super smelly) but a thicker bead installed this time.

cleaned up

Just like new! Hopefully for a long time. Now back to all the other things that need to be fixed for the first time!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rick Peterson permalink
    October 19, 2015 6:35 am

    good job.

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