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RalphPeters 05-23-2010 01:42 PM

Drywall around Window.
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My first drywall project and I'm not sure what to do at this point. For my bathroom reno I had originally planned to just remove the drywall in the tub/shower area and replace that with cement board and tiles. While removing the drywall I cut into the vapour barrier so I think my only option is to remove all the drywall from this exterior wall and put up a new vapour barrier since trying to patch the ripped up poly is probably not advisable.
I'm not sure how to remove the vinyl trim around the windows to remove the drywall in the window recess. All I can see is the caulking between the trim and the wall. Not sure if they are put on with an adhesive.
I could use some suggestions on how to go about dealing with this.

Gary in WA 05-23-2010 03:07 PM

To remove painted casing from the window, start by cutting slightly into the trim/wall painted or caulked joint with a utility knife. Same at the window jamb/trim casing, apron below. Start removing the trim from the middle with a small bar or lever so as not to damage the wall or jamb material. (Bending or prying the bar towards the trim will do less damage). Usually the head (top) casing and side jambs are nailed together which remove together if done carefully. Be sure to foam the window/framing gap for an air seal before re-installing new material or old. Tuck tape the gap and prime the trim to protect from any future moisture damage. Omit this step with vinyl trim. I doubt it was glued....

Be safe, Gary

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