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jdt141 01-22-2011 07:12 PM

Plumb studs for tub surround
So I have read that sistering a stud is a good way to get your walls true, specifically for tile where you want a flat-as-possible surface.

But how do you deal with the crown of the lumber? I mean, no lumber will ever be perfectly straight. Thoughts / experience / wisdom? :-)

oh'mike 01-22-2011 07:43 PM

Always get the straightest studs for a tiled wall--Pool cue straight.

No crown if you can do it---I often have to buy 10 footers to find straight studs--the longer studs are usually cut from larger trees and are stronger and straighter.

If you must use crowned studs belly out--I guess--on second thought--you will hate tiling any thing but a flat wall.---Mike---

proremodel 01-31-2011 11:12 PM

Best way is to find straight studs but if your dealing with hockey sticks then the best ways I have found are cut about 2/3 the way thru the stud at the center of the crown with a sawzall and push the stud back in the wall then brace it to keep firm. Then the other way I do it (depending on how many) I snap a chalk line on the 2x4 and cut it with a skill saw.

Mop in Hand 02-01-2011 09:49 AM

If the studs are plumb and crowned towards the bath a cheap electric planer does the trick.

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