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Old 03-08-2014, 09:55 PM   #1
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I've gutted my bathroom, and I'm installing a direct-to-stud tub surround. I'm a single guy, so I don't care about the bathroom being a show room, and I do NOT want to add more time to the job right now by putting up tile.

I've been reading about rocking around tubs; use normal drywall, use green board, use cement board...blah blah blah.

If I use cement board, my questions are:

1) How far should I use cement board from the side of the tub to the normal drywall? I don't care about State code any more, just the closest thing I can get to professional consensus.

2) Transitioning from cement board to normal drywall: use mortar or drywall compound at that joint?

3) Will there be a noticeable difference in the appearance of the paint between the two materials?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Dave

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If you are using a tub with a surround you don't need cement board.

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You can use green board if you want, but by far the most important thing is to install everything correctly and waterproof any seams that need it correctly (e.g. caulk). Some people rely on the "green" to prevent mold, when in fact you should avoid getting things wet that shouldn't be wet to begin with. Assume that water will be getting on the obvious places around your shower and plan accordingly.
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I've gutted my bathroom, and I'm installing a direct-to-stud tub surround. I'm a single guy, so I don't care about the bathroom being a show room, and I do NOT want to add more time to the job right now by putting up tile.

If I use cement board, my questions are:

1) How far should I use cement board from the side of the tub to the normal drywall? I don't care about State code any more, just the closest thing I can get to professional consensus.

2) Transitioning from cement board to normal drywall: use mortar or drywall compound at that joint?

3) Will there be a noticeable difference in the appearance of the paint between the two materials?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Dave
RE #1: I'm a little confused here. However far you extend it past the actual tub I would think that the cement board should be completely covered by your surround panels.

RE #2: When I did my shower stall I treated that transition like a seam and sealed/taped it using the waterproofing membrane.

RE #3: I'm confused here as well. You absolutely do not want to have exposed, painted cement board. If you were putting up tile, the tile would completely cover the cement board and overlap onto the drywall to cover the joint.
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Thanks for your responses. DIY, the surround is a direct to stud installation, so there's no rock under those panels...it's the transition around the edge of the surround that I'm wondering about. Since I'm not putting up tile, it sounds like cement board is out, and well-caulked, well-painted, normal sheetrock is the answer.

Thank you again for your time!

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