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Old 08-18-2011, 07:23 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I am in the process of re-finishing a small bathroom project. In summary, I have cut out all of the greenboard that was around (above) the fiberglass shower/bath insert, including the ceiling. I installed a vapor barrier around the shower before mounting the durock. Here are my questions:

(1) In addition to installing durock directly around shower stall, I removed the greenboard and installed durock on the two side walls 12 inches out from the fiberglass tub insert. I did this on both sides, thinking I would tile this area of the wall:





I also installed durock on the ceiling (plenty of screws into the studs, small area), as I would like to tile this small area of ceiling too. Unfortunately, however, I have a durock / durock joint on the ceiling that matches up with the 12 inchs of durock off the wall. These photographs should help:





If I were to match the grout lines of tile from the walls to the ceiling (in this 12 inch area outside of the shower stall), I am concerned that I will have a great deal of difficulty transitioning the drywall ceiling to the tile ceiling. In order to accomplish this, I need to tape and thinset the durock joint on the ceiling which is going to extend that joint over 12 inches, making it very difficult for me to transition the drywall neatly.

Should I change my layout? Any suggestions on how I can accomplish this, maybe by using different size tile around the shower? I was thinking if I brought the tile 8 inches out, and matched those grout lines to the ceiling, I could drywall mud the durock / durock joint in that area and then paint it to match the ceiling.

Happy to try and re-explain if anything got lost in the delivery.
Many thanks in advance.

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Ceilings are frequently set on the diagonal---getting the grout lines to match on the walls and ceilings is very difficult---and often impossible.

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You're on the right track, Jeffrey. Just make sure however far you decide to bring out the walls, that you match it on the ceiling. Tiling the ceiling on diamond always looks awesome and saves you the headache of trying to match all the grout lines. just pencil a line between the two walls along the outer edge, and start your diamond ceiling pattern in the center along that edge. hope that helps, and best of luck
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i think the op is asking how to mud the seams to get a flat surface?
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i think the op is asking how to mud the seams to get a flat surface?
Could be--

I would not have used rock on the ceiling --unless it was a steam shower--

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