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Old 01-01-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Gap between bathtub surround and sheetrock on wall

I set out to re-caulk the 90 degree joint between the walls and the top lip of my fiberglass shower enclosure, but it has turned into a project now. When I cut off the old caulking, it pulled out a bunch of old joint compound or something that had been used to fill gaps between the wall and tub surround. So I now have a 3/4" horizontal gap that runs all the way around the top of the shower. The sheetrock was obviously stopped short of the top of the shower on purpose, so what do I do to fill the gap in?


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Old 01-01-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Do what was done before. That's a typical installation. Use joint compound for the repairs. Then repaint, then caulk.


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The tubs I have seen and worked around required a gap, which was covered by tile or trim, then a small gap and caulked to the tub.
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"When I cut off the old caulking, it pulled out a bunch of old joint compound"------ it was or something-bagged, setting-type compound, not boxed (air dry). Use paper or mesh tape, paper is stronger against movement. Final couple coats with all-purpose joint compound (boxed, slightly thinned). Caulk the final narrow joint as said.

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