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Unread 12-07-2002, 03:11 PM   #1
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repairing loose tile on shower floor

I just bought a house built in the mid 50's. There is a loose 4x4 tile on the shower floor. Upon pulling up the tile I find what seems like asphalt rocks which I can't get completely dry. This may make since to all others but I am completely new to this. This material is a not solid. Since it is only one tile I am not getting a good picture of what consist as the layers of this shower pan. Should I scrape this material until I reach some other layer? If yes, how deep should this layer be and what do I replace it with?
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Unread 12-07-2002, 04:31 PM   #2
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Moisture under shower floor tile isn't unusual. When you say 4 X 4 tile I'm curious to know exactly what size this tile is. Could you measure it and report back. Chances are this is wall tile that has been used on your floor? What calor is the back of the tile?

The "asphalt rocks" comment has me stumped at this point.

You may be witnessing what is the beginning of the end of your shower floor. If this shower is original equipment it may well be time anyway.
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Unread 12-07-2002, 06:23 PM   #3
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Asphalt rocks sound like moldy covered aggragate that has risen to the top of a wet bed pan.
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Unread 12-07-2002, 06:28 PM   #4
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"Possibly" but years ago I took out some 4-1/4" wall tiles on a shower floor that had been installed with cutback adhesive but I ain't goin there just yet.
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Unread 12-07-2002, 07:54 PM   #5
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I was thinking cut-back also Bud
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Unread 12-08-2002, 04:05 PM   #6
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Hi Brooke, Welcome.

I don't think it's asphalt. I think it's rotten deck mud. To make a repair you'll have to let the floor dry out. Might take a while.
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Unread 12-09-2002, 07:13 PM   #7
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The back of the tile is white. It is Dal-tile brand and I don't know it g-49 means anything. I am letting it dry out. Good thing it is not the only bathroom, huh? The other tiles around seem pretty secure. Should I bring it back to pan level with cement after it has dried? Thanks for the help.
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Unread 12-10-2002, 07:16 AM   #8
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After it dries, vacumn out the hole. Then use rather stiff thin set to re-set the tile. Grout it in and you're ready to go.
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