I just installed a Sterling Vikrell bathtub. I did not use the clips on the walls, so that I can remove the walls if there is a problem. I know that I am supposed to butt the bathtub flange with the drywall, but not cover it. Then, I am supposed to fill the gap with a lightweight, setting type compound. My question is, if I have a problem and have to remove the walls, how hard is it to remove the setting type compound from the flange, or do I have to destroy the walls?
I know that some people use 1/8" furring under the drywall and cover the flange. I had to shim the walls in some places, so furring would range from 1/8" to 3/8". The furring may be easier; however, the preferred method above seems the better option with my shimming.