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Old 01-03-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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I'm installing a whirlpool tub but the studs don't sit flush against the flange in most cases. Do I need to sister the studs or is there another way?

I'll be tiling the wall above the tub if that matters

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Old 01-04-2009, 07:19 AM   #2
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if the tub is the wrong size for the opening... thus it does not fit against the studs, then build a platform around it to fill in this space. Seems like you need to support this tub also, it must sit on rim joists and or in a bed of plaster.

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The size is fine. The studs are at different depths so the tub rests against the stubs that extend out the furthest. The gap on the rest are an inch or less
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You have to put a ledger on the wall where the tub sits .and for the bottom put structerlite .unless stated not to .like americancast tub .
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IF you mean that some studs are out more than others then you need to sister new studs to these or add shims to these so that everything is level, flat and square.
And as mentioned add the support under the lip of the tub at three sides.
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I'm sorry I should have given more detail. I'm putting up a ledger board for the tub to sit on but the directions say to attach the tub through the flange at every stud. Since all the studs don't sit flush against the tub I wasn't sure if I should run another stud, use a shim???

If I use a shim how will I attach the cement board for the tile because it won't overlap the flange????
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If you put a straightedge horizontally against the studs, say 2' above the tub, are they still out of alignment? Are the studs plumb?
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They are not plumb. I'm remodeling the bathroom but I have to leave the wall because there is a room on the other side. I thought shimming would be the easiest thing to do but I want to do it the right way first. If I use shims I'll have the same problem when I go to install the cement board and tile unless the cement board doesn't overlap the flange????

What would you do?????
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You can attach new studs next to the existing ones. Offset them so they are all even (horizontal) and plumb (vertical). The new studs aren't holding the ceiling up so they don't have to be attached to the floor/ceiling plate. You are just using them to attach the backer material.
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I submitted a thread on the correct site as you suggested but let me ask a follow up question. Are you suggesting the sister studs for tile only or to support the tub as well? While they won't hold the weight of the ceiling they would have weight from the tub so shouldn't I run from ceiling to floor?
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Won't hurt anything to do it that way. However, the tub support is from the ledger boards. The top part of that tub flange (fiberglass?) will not support the entire weight of a tub full of water and an adult. So screwing the tub flange into the studs isn't for support, just so it doesn't shift.
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I think I get it. The ledger board will be held up by the existing studs. There may be a small gap between the ledger board and any studs that are not plumb but that doesn't matter. Right???? If you can't tell I'm new to this DIY stuff.

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