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tripower 08-30-2008 04:09 PM

Dry wall thickness question
 
I am remodeling a typical sized (small/medium) bathroom. Slab floor. What thickness drywall do i use and when do I decide to use a different thickness drywall in one place versus another?

AtlanticWBConst. 08-30-2008 04:31 PM

use 1/2". It is standard for residential walls.

Termite 08-30-2008 05:25 PM

5/8" is great for ceilings. Hang the ceiling first, then the walls. Hang the top wall sheet tight to the ceiling, and the lower one next.

ozzyu812 08-30-2008 11:53 PM

Get mold resistant also:eek:

Termite 08-31-2008 10:48 AM

Mold resistant sheetrock is always a good idea in a bathroom. :thumbsup:

FYI...You cannot use sheetrock of any kind as a substrate for tile in wet areas, such as walls around a tub or shower. Cementitious backerboard is what's used in those areas.

ozzyu812 08-31-2008 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 153533)
FYI...You cannot use sheetrock of any kind as a substrate for tile in wet areas, such as walls around a tub or shower. Cementitious backerboard is what's used in those areas.

I almost said that but I hoping he already knew that.

tripower 09-01-2008 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 153533)
Mold resistant sheetrock is always a good idea in a bathroom. :thumbsup:

FYI...You cannot use sheetrock of any kind as a substrate for tile in wet areas, such as walls around a tub or shower. Cementitious backerboard is what's used in those areas.

I know that I have backerboard for the shower but what do you mean "around" the shower how much around? Also I am going to tile my own shower as opposed to putting in a fiberglass one. For the bottom part of the shower (the drain area), How to I build that myself? The original shower was built, I believe, with sand, a thin layer of concrete, and then ceramic tile (old school). How would I custom build my shower drain these days?

buletbob 09-01-2008 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by tripower (Post 154040)
I know that I have backerboard for the shower but what do you mean "around" the shower how much around? Also I am going to tile my own shower as opposed to putting in a fiberglass one. For the bottom part of the shower (the drain area), How to I build that myself? The original shower was built, I believe, with sand, a thin layer of concrete, and then ceramic tile (old school). How would I custom build my shower drain these days?

I guess I,m still old school, there has been mentioned a product by I believe Kurdy, they make kits for this type of install. I have not had the opportunity to use it yet!! but have read here that most people like it.

tripower 09-01-2008 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by ozzyu812 (Post 153433)
Get mold resistant also:eek:

Does mold resistant really offer an advantage over standard drywall? Also, is there anything to use on the studs to make them mold resistant? Does insulation make mold more likely as opposed to letting the space between the studs breath?

Termite 09-01-2008 10:00 PM

Anytime you have air in a wall and there's even a slight chance that moisture can get back there, there is a chance for mold. Moisture resistant sheetrock is excellent for use in bathrooms. It costs an extra dollar or so per sheet, and hangs and finishes the same.

As for wet areas, you can't use sheetrock as a substrate for tile. You can still use it on the walls above the tile and on the ceiling. Behind your tile or wall panels it is best to use cementitious backerboard. Just slightly overlap your tiles over the sheetrock to hide the joint.

Termite 09-01-2008 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by tripower (Post 154073)
Does insulation make mold more likely as opposed to letting the space between the studs breath?

Not really. If it is an exterior wall, insulate it!

ozzyu812 09-01-2008 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by tripower (Post 154073)
Does mold resistant really offer an advantage over standard drywall? Also, is there anything to use on the studs to make them mold resistant? Does insulation make mold more likely as opposed to letting the space between the studs breath?


Standard drywall has paper. The paper does at leastbad things A/holds moisture and B/ provide food for the organisms to eat.
There several products paperless, fiberglass coated etc.
Building shower is not as simple as it seems. Saw a Holmes on Homes episode, it can be a real nightmare if not done right.
This is a little outside my field, I'm a framer not a mudder.:sweatdrop:

Termite 09-01-2008 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by ozzyu812 (Post 154088)
Standard drywall has paper.

So does the moisture/mold resistant stuff. Agreed, building a shower is a science and isn't something you want to do before really doing your homework.

tripower 09-02-2008 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 154093)
So does the moisture/mold resistant stuff. Agreed, building a shower is a science and isn't something you want to do before really doing your homework.

I'm doing my homework now.

dhag 09-02-2008 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by buletbob (Post 154047)
I guess I,m still old school, there has been mentioned a product by I believe Kurdy, they make kits for this type of install. I have not had the opportunity to use it yet!! but have read here that most people like it.


schluter.com has the KERDI products ..... I can't imagine doing anything but they're shower system


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