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Old 06-09-2015, 07:53 AM   #11
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You can silicone the top, where the existing double sided tape has let go. As I stated before you do not want to silicone the bottom, so any moisture can escape. The silicone never hardens and will allow movement.
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:54 PM   #12
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We just purchased a white hawk and was wondering about the shower surround. I was thinking about caulking around the tub and at the top of the surround. Maybe that wouldn't be a good idea if it was designed the way you described? I just figured it would be better if water couldn't get in at all.
Yes, DO NOT caulk the bottom OR top of the surround. It is designed to have a bit of an air gap so that condensation can dry/drain.

If you need to reattach the surround to the wall, then silicone is probably a good option as wags says, it remains flexible. You could also consider using pop rivets depending on the design.
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I concur, do not caulk the top or bottom. However, I will be applying silicone to the face of the pop rivets. Those are not designed for repeated water exposure and will eventually siphon water to the luan wallboard behind the liner.
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I concur, do not caulk the top or bottom. However, I will be applying silicone to the face of the pop rivets. Those are not designed for repeated water exposure and will eventually siphon water to the luan wallboard behind the liner.
I thought about doing that too. See, I caulked the bottom of my surround, that's how I know not to do it. Some of the caulk peeled away and I saw red water leaking out from behind it into the shower pan and freaked out. I know that luan stuff is dyed and if it gets wet, that's the first indicator, that dye (or whatever gives it its color) starts to run.

So I removed all the caulk (major PITA by the way) and pulled a bunch of the rivets out so I could examine the wall behind the shower surround. It ended up being that water (most likely condensation because it was cold out that trip, and DW likes her showers HOT) was collecting in the gap between the shower surround and the lip of the shower pan, and there were some wood shavings collected there from assembly that were getting wet and bleeding their color down the shower pan (whew! no leaks).

But I discovered that those rivets are TIGHT into that surround. None of mine leaked so much as a drop behind the surround, and I don't expect them to. But with that being said, a little silicone would be great insurance against the possibility of them ever leaking. If I were to tackle that project, I would remove the rivets, apply some silicone, and reinstall them, but just around the bottom two rows or so (below the "splash line"), and I think that would be more than adequate.
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I thought about doing that too. See, I caulked the bottom of my surround, that's how I know not to do it. Some of the caulk peeled away and I saw red water leaking out from behind it into the shower pan and freaked out. I know that luan stuff is dyed and if it gets wet, that's the first indicator, that dye (or whatever gives it its color) starts to run.



So I removed all the caulk (major PITA by the way) and pulled a bunch of the rivets out so I could examine the wall behind the shower surround. It ended up being that water (most likely condensation because it was cold out that trip, and DW likes her showers HOT) was collecting in the gap between the shower surround and the lip of the shower pan, and there were some wood shavings collected there from assembly that were getting wet and bleeding their color down the shower pan (whew! no leaks).



But I discovered that those rivets are TIGHT into that surround. None of mine leaked so much as a drop behind the surround, and I don't expect them to. But with that being said, a little silicone would be great insurance against the possibility of them ever leaking. If I were to tackle that project, I would remove the rivets, apply some silicone, and reinstall them, but just around the bottom two rows or so (below the "splash line"), and I think that would be more than adequate.

I install those rivets on commercial construction projects all the time. Their primary purpose is to hold the sheet on while the glue dries. The way Jayco has used them, especially through 3/16" luan, is not suitable for long term use.
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I did exactly as Camper_bob mentioned. Bottom 2 rows. Removed the rivet, filled hole with proflex and dabbed a little where the rivet touches the surround, then resecured. Fortunately, I can see pretty good under the shower pan through the access panel. Have never had a leak with that. Now the shower door is a different story. I had to remove that whole contraption and start from scratch. Better now though.
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