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Old 02-16-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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One year after buying our home, we are updating the master bath. My 1969 tub and ugly vinyl tiles are coming out and all new is going in. Behind the groutless vinyl tiles, I found mold, of course- under that is 1/2" plaster- under that is drywall. Regardless, this is all coming down due to water damage.

I have considered a Direct to Stud tub surround, but after speaking to a "bath specialist" at Home Depot, I have been told that I cannot cut a DTS surround to accomodate the centrally placed window; the depth of the surround will not provide the availibility of trimming the window to ensure a correct seal.

Before I buy, is this correct?

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One year after buying our home, we are updating the master bath. My 1969 tub and ugly vinyl tiles are coming out and all new is going in. Behind the groutless vinyl tiles, I found mold, of course- under that is 1/2" plaster- under that is drywall. Regardless, this is all coming down due to water damage.

I have considered a Direct to Stud tub surround, but after speaking to a "bath specialist" at Home Depot, I have been told that I cannot cut a DTS surround to accomodate the centrally placed window; the depth of the surround will not provide the availibility of trimming the window to ensure a correct seal.

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really need a picture ..but most direct to stud wall kits will not allow for a window cut.....he is right..

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i had to put surrounds in apts with windows in the tub area. didnt really want to but had to do as i was told. many of the tub surround because of their thickness would not work around windows. we manages to find some reasonably priced ones with a flat area on the back panel that we could trim around the window. all the really good quality(?) ones would not work. they had vinyl tile on the walls around the tub? could you possibly build out the window jamb so the surround would work? also there are no bath specialists at any lowes or home depot, only low paid and uninformed workers mostly. at least in my experience. went to a lowes once to get some rough cut cedar. asked the guy where it was , we don't carry that he said. went 2 aisles over and there was the rough cut cedar. oh well. you get what you pay for.
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How about retiling it?
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Thanks! The 'specialist' was on an online chat with HD..anyway- you gave us a great idea- we can deepen the window frame to get the surround we want. TYSVM.
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Or do your self a favor and get rid of the window. No leaks, no wall rot.
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Recommend the Schluter system and tile.. stay away from inserts with windows..
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Thank you all for the great ideas. We have used a mix of your ideas and ours and have made our purchase.

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