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Old 04-29-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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The drywall in my bathroom, installed by the previous owner, is in really bad shape, as these pics illustrate.
The radiator has rust all over it, and even our door hinges are rusted.

Figure I'll deal with the drywall first. What is step 1? Remove the tape that is exposed?


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Must have gotten lost in the shuffle....

Remove the tile, replace the corner bead and inside tape with setting compound and paper tape, final coat= drying-type compound. Fix the high-humidity issue before further work.

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Must have gotten lost in the shuffle....

Fix the high-humidity issue before further work.

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Yes! Looks to me like you may have a bathroom with no vent fan?

Also- to remove any drywall, typically easiest / cleanest to score with utility knife along any seams, corners, caulk lines, etc.., punch a hole, grab and pull...

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Would you remove the radiator to gain better access to the wall?




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I'd say remove the covers and support brackets from the wall, looks like the water lines are coming up through the floor so maybe you can avoid messing with the plumbing..
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I may be mistaken, BUT, it looks to me like the baseboard heater is RIGHT NEXT TO the shower (looks like the shower curtain/heater in one of those pics second from last). THAT would be MY biggest concern to begin with. Is that up to ANY kind of code (let alone your thoughts for your own safety)??? Water and electricity DO NOT mix. I'd remove that heater asap!!! Get a vent/fan with a heat unit in it perhaps. You DON'T want to step on a wet floor with a rusted/shorted out electric heat source. Even if it's not actually butting up to the shower, I wouldn't want a source of electricity sitting on a bathroom floor. Commodes overflow, sinks and showers back up, etc. If I'm misinterpreting the pic, I apologize but think of safety first. Hopefully when you say "radiator" you're speaking of water "type", but it looks like electric...
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I may be mistaken, BUT, it looks to me like the baseboard heater is RIGHT NEXT TO the shower (looks like the shower curtain/heater in one of those pics second from last). THAT would be MY biggest concern to begin with. Is that up to ANY kind of code (let alone your thoughts for your own safety)??? Water and electricity DO NOT mix. I'd remove that heater asap!!! Get a vent/fan with a heat unit in it perhaps. You DON'T want to step on a wet floor with a rusted/shorted out electric heat source. Even if it's not actually butting up to the shower, I wouldn't want a source of electricity sitting on a bathroom floor. Commodes overflow, sinks and showers back up, etc. If I'm misinterpreting the pic, I apologize but think of safety first. Hopefully when you say "radiator" you're speaking of water "type", but it looks like electric...
I see a hole in the floor, which I assume is for the water lines coming up from a boiler somewhere, so being next to the tub would not be a problem...
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Yeah, just not used to seeing that type of system (boiler) here so it scared the "you know what" out of me if it is electric heat...
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Started working on this section of the wall...


Went all the way up to where the tape was visible. Is there any way for me to tell if the correct (that is, drywall that is used in a bathroom) dry wall was used by the person who originally installed this?

When I tore the metal piece that runs along the corner, I tore the drywall a bit higher than I would have liked.






By the way, this radiator is not electric. I hate the location, though.

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It looks like there is a leak from the tub/shower. If so, you need to address that prior to putting the drywall back. Otherwise, you will be re-doing the drywall again in short order.
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I would suggest since you're going this far, and possibly further to repair a leak, instead of regular drywall use something water resistant, such as green-board.
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As you can see, there is some water damage to those 2x4s. Is it feasible to put in a new tub and do a little demo to see what's going on in the walls? There could be extensive water damage around the tub if there was a leak.
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If that lumber has only surface mold, and isn't rotted, you can clean that up with some Concrobium (available online or at the depot).

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