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LukeD 11-12-2011 05:37 PM

Bathroom drywall
I was removing the caulking by my bathtub, and the wall right beside it started to crumble when I was cutting away the old caulk. It had bubbled in the past, so I knew it was a matter of time. I started picking at all the moist areas, until it got big enough that I just cut out a piece.

Is this going to be a standard dry wall repair, ie. replace with piece of dry wall, tape up, and cover with compound? Or is there more to it, due to it being right at the bathtub?

Here is the original damage:

And this is the existing type of wall, no idea if this is standard dry wall or something else, since its not white:

As it sits now:


Mark Harvey 11-12-2011 06:00 PM

Luke, Normal drywall is no longer used in bathrooms. Talk with someone at a home improvement store (home depot or similar) about the water resistent drywall. If you are goint to patch the area, cut back to the center of the next stub and put in a good soloi piece. If you need to add some extra backing (2x4) you could do this while the wall is open. After you repair the drywall, you might consider additional tiles (as you picture suggests you have), and cover any area that might get wet. Also, make sure all seams are caulked and the tiles have grout and are sealed as well.

LukeD 11-12-2011 06:24 PM

Thanks Mark, Ill definitely stop by home depot and find something bathroom specific/water resistant.
Are you suggesting to make the hole wider? Only problem I see with that is the toilet is about 1' away (right where the picture ends), so that might make things difficult for a newbie like me.
Tiles in that area are a great idea, Im hoping to have the whole bathroom renovated sometime next year, so that will definitely be covered.

Mark Harvey 11-12-2011 06:51 PM

Luke, If you can, do the larger area. It just provides a better finish. You could remove the toilet (not too difficult) and that would provide enough room to repair and tile to your hearts content.

LukeD 11-13-2011 06:38 AM

Thanks Mark, really appreciate your help.

Mark Harvey 11-13-2011 11:36 AM

bath room
My pleaure. Hope all is well.

Bud Cline 11-13-2011 02:18 PM

There's one of those pesky metal studs being talked about in another thread here. A metal stud that only lasts five years when exposed to moisture. I'm wondering how long that stud in the picture has been in that wall?:)

By the way...That is moisture resistant drywall and you see what happens. This is why MR drywall has been outlawed in shower surrounds.:)

LukeD 11-13-2011 03:03 PM

As far as I know, everything is original, and the building went up in the late 80s.

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