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Beepster 02-04-2013 08:31 AM

Durock in Shower Alcove
We are remodeling the basement and adding a bath. The 30" x 60" tub is being built in an alcove along the outer wall. The alcove comes out 34" from the outer wall. Do I bring durock to the edge of the tub and drywall the last 4"? I plan on tiling all the way to the edge. If I am supposed bring durock all the way to the edge, then how do I finish the corner where the durock meets the drywall?


joecaption 02-04-2013 08:35 AM

Got a picture or a drawing?
Most people use tile board and bull nosed tile, or even outside corner tiles if it wraps around a corner.

oh'mike 02-04-2013 08:41 AM

You could fill that gap with drywall if you wish---use a corner bead---it's a dry area so metal or plastic could be used---

Do yourself a favor---check that end for plumb---if it's out of plumb in the least your tiling job will be very frustrating-----

Beepster 02-04-2013 09:18 AM

I am at work so no picture for now. The bathroom is 7' wide and the tub is 5' wide. The alcove comes out 4" beyond the tub and then goes one foot to the outer walls on each side.

Oh, that's what I was thinking I was going to do, drywall the 4" beyond the tub and use a corner bead on the corner. If we use 6" tile (not sure yet) then 2" would be on the durock and 4" on the tile. I have not researched yet, but can you put Redguard on the drywall that will be under the tile or is it strictly for cement board?

Out of plumb? As in what sense? What do I need to make sure is plumb to what?

Thank for the input guys.


oh'mike 02-04-2013 09:57 AM

Red Guard can and should be used on that drywall----

Because your tiles will be perfectly level and plumb---that outside corner better be also---or you caps will need trimming---which always looks like a mistake----

Beepster 02-04-2013 11:20 AM

Gotcha, that corner vertically should be the exact same distance from the outer wall.


oh'mike 02-04-2013 11:28 AM

No---that outside corner need to be PLUMB---use your level---you will start there and make cuts at the back wall---back wall might be off plumb----that's why you start at the 'show' edge--and head to the back wall---

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