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Old 10-29-2010, 08:44 AM   #1
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Bathroom restoration

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I'm preparing to gut a 45 yr old bathroom that is in desparate need of restoration. I'm planning to tear the tile shower surround out and replace it and the tub with a two piece FRP unit. When installing the tub and surround, I'm assuming I need to hang drywall behind it, as right now there's tile, lath, and concrete (which I'll obviously tear out). What should I use to seal the drywall? That is, should I prime it, paint it, and then glue in the surround?

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Old 10-29-2010, 03:23 PM   #2
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You don't "need" to put drywall behind it, but it may sound a little hollow if you don't (if that makes sense.)

if you do put drywall behind it, i would use the moisture resistant kind, but i would not worry about painting it.

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Old 10-29-2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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Look at the installation instructions--Most of thos are nailed directly to the studs---then drywalled around the edges--after you add some thin furring strips (to keep the drywall from bulgung as it lands on the fiberglass lip)
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:07 AM   #4
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Mike is correct. I've never hung drywall behind a shower enclosure.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:03 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks guys. Yeah, I don't recall ever seeing drywall hung behind a shower enclosure, but I just couldn't remember for sure. I may still put some sound insulation in between the studs since the den is on the other side of the wall.
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