Just When You Think It's Done

Yesterday, Lady Ronn pointed out that the floor in front of the laundry room was damp…

bad news

So that can mean only one thing; the tub/shower is leaking. Not leaking like a stream, but leaking so that nobody notices it immediately. Not great news.
I turned on the tub and went downstairs to check things out. Nothing. I turned on the shower and went back downstairs. Spatter. Spatter. Drip. That’s weird.
It was definitely leaking, but had a weird splash drip sort of thing going on and I couldn’t see anything looking up from the basement. Pulled the handle and valve cover off and it’s wet in there, but seems to be coming from above. Crawled up on the tub and sure enough there is a dribble of water coming out of the wall, the escutcheon is covering a soggy bit of wall board and the paint is floating. Time to get the saw out.
Plumbing is leaking at the union of the finished shower nipple and the brass elbow. I might have been able to fix it without cutting the wall, but I didn’t know the extent of the problem. And after putting a full turn on it, still weeping. So, I’m going to pull out the pipe and redo the tape, but I’ll let this dry out for a couple of days before putting it back together and patching the drywall. Baths only for a few days.