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Old 10-07-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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While redoing a bathroom and removing the tile from the tub surround, I found the green backerboard had almost disintegrated. After removing it I found some of the metal studs were rusted and the soleplate was falling apart in places. My question is can I cut the damaged studs, say 24 inches from the soleplate and attach new metal or wood studs to the existing portions? I would also replace the soleplate. I want to do this as the other side of the wall is a main wall in the kitchen. Thanks for your input.

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What is the best way to do this?
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It's going to be a knuckle buster of a job if the tub is still in place.

You can cut the tin studs above the top of the tub.
Carefully remove the rotten bottoms--do what you must to remove the bottom plate,Screws-and what ever is holding it down.

Cut a new bottom plate--You may need to "carve away" a few places on the bottom of the plate to clear any old fasteners left in the floor.I suggest a skill saw and chisel for that.

Glue the new plate to the floor with plenty of construction adhesive.

Add new wood studs along side the old steel studs.

Make them as long as you can and still clear the tub. Nail or screw the bottoms,screw into the tin studs,

Add blocking between the studs to add extra stiffness . I also suggest adding some blocking at grabrail height just to make adding grabs easier later.

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