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Old 01-31-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Hi all:

I promise not to be a flake and disappear. This is the one forum I've decided to post on and check faithfully.

Long story short, we have to update our house some to be able to sell it. We have to move because hubby works 60 miles away...and is getting weary of the commute.

Our house was built in the 70's, and it shows. We're updating our (small) master bathroom so it isn't a Hollywood Bath with the sink visible from the bedroom.

We've removed the mildew-y vanity and now are laying matching tile all the way to the wall in anticipation of a floating vanity or something that sits on top of the tile.

Next job. The shower walls are old tile...the grout is flaking off, there are cracks, and it is generally hideous. The general thought is that there is no way to *fix* the shower walls...we have to rip it out and start over.

We're fairly sure the tiles are not sitting on cement board...they're on plain drywall. EW. Is there a way to demo the wall by just cutting the walls into sections? Or should we chip off all the old tile, and then pull the wall out? We're also replacing the window in the shower because it's old and creepy.

Any advice is very appreciated.

Thanks guys.

Lynne

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Old 01-31-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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Next job. The shower walls are old tile...the grout is flaking off, there are cracks, and it is generally hideous. The general thought is that there is no way to *fix* the shower walls...we have to rip it out and start over.
Yup. Our house was built in the 70's too, and I found soggy, moldy greenboard behind our shower tiles. I'm no expert, but I wouldn't attempt to save it.

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We're fairly sure the tiles are not sitting on cement board...they're on plain drywall. EW. Is there a way to demo the wall by just cutting the walls into sections? Or should we chip off all the old tile, and then pull the wall out?
When I did our shower I could peel the tiles off by hand. Or you could try punching a hole through the wall and yank. Whatever works for your situation. If there is a tub you are keeping remember to protect it.
Also keep an eye out for mold. I wore a mask and gloves, immediately bagged it, and took it outside.

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We're also replacing the window in the shower because it's old and creepy.
A window in the shower is often bad news. They can allow water into the wall which can lead to water damage, rot, mold etc. I'll cross my fingers you'll get lucky, but keep in mind you may be opening a can of worms.

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You have gotten good advice---take out the tile with the board if it doesn't just fall off.

Hollywood bath? I've been calling those "Motel baths" --
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We've got a leaky roof elsewhere in the house, so we're not strangers to water damage. I'm really hoping the window isn't a big issue. *haha*

Thanks for the advice. It really helped to type it out and sort of get a sense of the plan.
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Hollywood bath? I've been calling those "Motel baths" --
So much more accurate. I doubt anyone in Hollywood has a bathroom this tiny.
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Depending on the layout---I frequently use double doors (French doors) when building the new partition wall----this eliminates the big door swing that so often blocks up the furniture layout --
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Depending on the layout---I frequently use double doors (French doors) when building the new partition wall----this eliminates the big door swing that so often blocks up the furniture layout --
Excellent thought. I'll pitch it to my husband.
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That is a standard practice for those 'motel bath' conversions----do your wall layout on the floor using blue painters tape---makes visualizing the finished product easier for most people.

Sometimes shifting the doorway off center will give you room for a linen cupboard ---
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Lynnthesunny, What are you going to replace the shower tile with?
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*sigh*

Isn't THAT the question of the day. Do y'all have any suggestions? We sort of assumed replacing the wall tile with more tile was the only thing that was affordable.

I'd love to hear other ideas.
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Is it a stand alone shower or a tub/shower combo?

Can you post a pic?
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They sell tub surrounds designed for windows. If it was me and I was planning on removing the drywall I would probably get a direct to stud style surround.
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Thanks Total Tool. I'm checking those out now.
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Lay that one out on paper---Is the room 5 feet wide? Might want to put the tub on the end wall instead of its present location.

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