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Old 10-10-2014, 08:15 AM   #1
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First time having to deal with this, but my customer has a fiberglass tub surround that the flange screws into the studs. I mentioned furring out the wall and he got the look on his face that he tasted butt. I read somewhere that mixing up some durabond and bedding it into the blue board and filling in the flange then flat taping is the way to go.

Would this work?

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Old 10-10-2014, 08:30 AM   #2
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If i'm understanding this correctly no it won't work. There is to much flex in a fiberglass tub. It will continually crack.

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#1 Never should be using screws to attach it to the studs.
You use galvanized roof nails, that way there flush with the flange not protruding.
I always use lattes to shim out the studs or there's going to be a hump.
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Bummer. I had hoped durabond to fill the gap and flat tape would work. First surround I've done that doesn't glue to a backer board.
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There is no tape used at flanges!
Only need caulking where the drywall meets the enclosure.
A nail on is a far better enclosure, there far thicker.
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I'm referring to the flange on the fiberglass surround in regards to where it meets the drywall and whether to fur the drywall out with shims or fill the gap with a hot mud. And yes I wish the homeowner wouldn't of used the method he did with this tub.
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We know what your talking about and have done lots of them.
The type of enclosure he chose is far better, longer lasting, better looking if done right then a cheap stick on.
No way do you want a nonflexible material in contact with the enclosure, it's just going to crack.
Any I've done there was instructions in or on the box and on line explaining all the details.
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Thanks for your input Joe. I'll just get some furring shims behind the studs. I want it done right and not cobbled. Last thing I want is to go back to this guy's house for repairs.
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You will have a better finish if you flat tape against the tube instead of just caulking it
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What I see on new construction pretty much as you describe. Fiberglass unit is screwed to the studs, drywall is brought up to the flange and then flat taped with hot mud.

How will you address door/window jambs with furring strips?
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No windows to worry about, and furring the studs won't cause issues with the door, although whoever does the door trim would be very angry since it would change the wall dimensions where the finish trim butts against the wall seam.

I'm starting to wonder if hot mud and flat taping the gap is the way to go. Durabond sounds indestructible if done correctly.
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What I see on new construction pretty much as you describe. Fiberglass unit is screwed to the studs, drywall is brought up to the flange and then flat taped with hot mud.

How will you address door/window jambs with furring strips?
You won't fur the whole wall out, just tapper it down from the tub flange
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You won't fur the whole wall out, just tapper it down from the tub flange
This sounds like an excellent idea. Really furring .25 won't be all that noticeable of a taper. This guy's framing job is out .75 in a matter of a 30 feet span
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I usually put like 1/4 to 3/8 next to tube than 1/8 on the next stud
I like to use roofing shingles put like 3 streeps next to tub than go out a little than put 2 and so on

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