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Old 07-23-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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Replace wall above shower surround

I built a home in 1996. The master bath includes a shower surround. The area
above the surround (wall paper over drywall)has gotten damp over the years and
needs repair. I plan to remove the wallpaper and the drywall (all the way to the
ceiling)and install green board then ceramic tile. My question is this: the
shower surround has a flange (about an inch)at the top on all three sides
through which it is screwed to the studs. When I install the green board, should
I run it down just to the top of the flange and fill the gap from the green
board to the top of the surround with mud, or should I install it all the way to
the top of the surround, thereby covering the flange as well. My concern is that
the thickness of the flange will make the green board bow out slightly and that
it will be noticeable once I install the ceramic tile. A handyman suggested that
I glue thin cardboard strips to the studs from the ceiling to the top of the
flange to compensate for the thickness of the flange, but I'm not too sure
that's the way to do it right.
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Old 07-23-2015, 11:35 PM   #2
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It should never get wet, unless someone is purposely pointing the spray at the wall. Personally I would replace the Greenboard with Cement Board and tile that area.

As for the gap between the surround and the board. It should not touch, but should be caulked to allow for flex of the unit, if it does move any.

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Old 07-23-2015, 11:43 PM   #3
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No way would I use cardboard.
I use lattice strips just finished nailed at the top and bottom.
No way do you want to use joint compound where it meets the surround.
Use latex caulking.
And do not cheap out and use "painter calking".
I use Alex 230 and never had an issue.
Wall paper in a bathroom was just a very bad idea.
There is an exhost fan, right?
Why would you use drywall if your going to tile in a wet area?
Use real tile board instead.
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