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Old 09-27-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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Hi - new here. Been looking at the website and gathering information for some time now but now I need some advise if possible...

I am remodeling a 1950's bathroom which appears that it was remodeled 3 times before this. It had tile glue, paneling, plywood, you name it on the walls on top of a the old plaster board sheets. I decideded to do it right...it has been torn down to the bare rough cut lumber studs to be started over from the beginning. What I can't figure out is the door and window frames. From the stud to the end of the window and door frames average about 7/8 - 1 inch. So if even if I buy 5/8 drywall, my drywall will not be even with the window and door frames leaving me up to a 1/2 possibly which will not allow an even transition from the drywall to the frame area. Hopefully I am explaining this correctly. I have seen of people planing this down to match but there is no way, that is way too much to do.

Any suggestions? I'm trying to avoid tearing anymore items out! Thanks. Nate
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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Common problem when switching from plaster to drywall---the jambs will need to be trimmed.

Use a Multi-tool ---undercut saw --or router with a jig.
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Thanks...Is this something that you would use after placing the drywall or before?
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I usually trim the jambs after the drywall---I use all three methods mentioned in the above post---

If you don't have a multi tool yet I suggest you get one from Harbor Freight---Fine tool and the blades are about half the cost of other brands.
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Thanks. I suppose you are talking about the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool on Harbor Freights Website. I have a Harbor Freight store close to work!
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One way to make the trim look right is to go ahead and put a 1/2 inch spacer behind the trim then make a back band that will fit back to the sheet rock. Another way is to rip 3 1/2 base down and use it behind the trim letting the top profile protrude out just a little from behind the trim, the base is usually 1/2 thick. Just a thought.
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you can use drywall shims: http://fivestarpack.com/?page_id=150 to fix your problem.
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I would shim the studs so that the drywall meets the jambs. I would do this for two reasons. First, you will not have to go and buy a specialty tool which you most likely will never use again. Secondly, when bathroom remodeling it is essential to have very straight finished walls for tile to lay on and also for cabinets and other common ammenties to rest against. You mentioned that your studs were rough sawn. In my experience the rough sawn lumber was not as true as the new stuff because it didn't have to be since the plaster and lath made up the difference. Run a straight edge down the walls and shim the low until you have a consistant 1/2 inch everywhere. You will be glad you did!

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