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Old 02-18-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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I am in the midst of a bathroom remodel. We're salvaging a floor to ceiling built-in cabinet as well as the ceiling. I've torn out all the plaster/sheetrock except the last 2 inches near the ceiling and the cabinet.

Here's my dilema....the old plaster/sheetrock is approximately 3/4" thick. The thickest greenboard I can find at local home stores is up to 5/8" thick. What is the best way to make these surfaces match?

1.) Build up a "ramp" of the mud and tape to make the difference disappear.
2.) Fasten 1/8" thick furing strips to the studs to the 5/8" will match the thickness of the existing sheetrock.
3.) Something else that I haven't thought of.


I'm actually planning to hire the drywall work out, but want to ensure that the contractor has the best plan/foundation to work on.

Some additional considerations, the door and window frames are obviously well suited for the 3/4" thick walls. The plan is for a tile tub surround which would use a 1/2" Durock substrate. Thank you in advance for your advice!

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Furr out the existing framing with 1/4" wood strips. Install 1/2" XP board, rather than MR board.
The 1/4" furring strips will also accomodate the 1/2" cement board too.
Try and use a pneumatic stapler or brad nailer when attaching the furring strips to minimize/eliminate splitting of the wood strips.

Link for XP board: http://www.nationalgypsum.com/products/product69.aspx

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Thank you very much for your expertise advice and contribution to these forums!
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just like Atlantic said, Use a sheet of 1/4" plywood for the strips and they will not split bad at all. Good luck
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just like Atlantic said, Use a sheet of 1/4" plywood for the strips and they will not split bad at all. Good luck
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