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titan7 02-05-2011 08:34 PM

Drywall issue at baseboard
Pulled the carpet out and baseboards to have tile installed. On one of my exterior walls I have noticed that from heavy rains a few yrs back I got some moisture from the soil on the outside being too close to the weep flashing. So I figured this might be an issue. We lowered the soil level a few years back has not been an issue. When I pulled the baseboards the area behind the baseboards is shot. Not wet but it's been wet at some point. There was some black mold on the baseplate and back of the baseboard too. The drywall just crumbled 2" up from the slab. So what do I need to do to fix this as tile installer is coming on monday.

I guess the tile can still go in since the they tile up to the drywall. Bummer.

proremodel 02-05-2011 11:48 PM

Pretty simple. I would measure up from the floor say 3in on both sides of your wall (each end) snap a line then cut that out with a knife. Then kills or a water bleach mix in a fertilizer sprayer and spray the wood and mold. (I have a extra fertilizer sprayer 5 gallon pump is why I choose this method). Then let it dry like an hour. cut some new strips of drywall your width of the gap you cut out and done.

Ohh I said 3in for the fact most base trim is 4in tall. So there is no finish drywall work if you don't want too. :)

titan7 02-06-2011 12:22 AM

Thanks the problem is we have 2 1/2" baseboards. then I am also concerned there may be more (higher up the wall inside) than I can see. I really hate to cut out all that drywall and have to re-texture etc. but if I only cut out this small section it will only get worse.

proremodel 02-06-2011 12:30 AM

You can spend the 160 bucks on the new dewalt camera. That way you can look up the wall with it and see how far the mold goes. There is really not much you can do. Well saying that if you get camera and see it is just a few bays and only the bottom plate. You can still cut out the bottom drywall say only 2 in up. That way you put the new strip of drywall in and your trim covers it.

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