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Unread 02-08-2005, 06:20 PM   #1
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Houston, TX
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shower corner shelf repair

Hi all -
this is Ross, in Houston, TX. I just discovered this site and love the whole thing. But of course, I've got a problem.

I've got a tiled shower, which was done in a remod in 2001 (before we bought the house). Recently noticed some bits of grout starting to fall from somewhere. My wife mentioned that they were coming from under the corner shelf, so Monday morning I'm in the shower, and think "Hmm, is this thing loose? Is it going to fall off? Oops! Not anymore!"

I set the loose shelf on the bench and finish my shower. Then get on the computer, start googling around, and find y'all! As you can see from the photos, the thinset didn't bond very well to the shelf. (And there were lots of voids on one side).

My understanding of what I need to do next is carefully chisel out the thinset, and clean up the shelf, then motar it back in with new thinset. I guess my question is what could have caused the first failure, and what can I do to make sure it doesn't happen again?

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