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Old 08-23-2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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Working around a window in 1940's Bungalow


I have been slowly remodeling our 1940s bungalow, and I finally got the back bathroom. I ripped down to the studs, updated electricity and plumbing etc, but this is the first time I encountered a window in its original frame. (we had new windows installed almost everywhere else). The pictures below are what I have. The problem is, the frame for the window sits about 3/4" proud of the studs on the wall. The simple option is to shim out the studs 3/4" but that puts the wall even closer to the toilet than it already is. What are the other choices or am I stuck there?
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Old 08-23-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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After you install dry wall, there will be 1/4" for molding. What's the problem?
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The window frame will stick out 1/4 inch, how do I trim that out? Or the bottom for that matter? See where the Dado joint is?

I guess I don't understand how a 1/4" window frame sitting proud of the drywall isn't a problem.
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The window frame will stick out 1/4 inch, how do I trim that out? Or the bottom for that matter? See where the Dado joint is?

I guess I don't understand how a 1/4" window frame sitting proud of the drywall isn't a problem.
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It was done that way for the thickness of the plaster. Cut strips of 1/4 plywood to add to the studs and plates, add 1/2 drywall and cover the wood with window trim.
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Thanks, neat. That makes sense.
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1/4" plywood is fine but a whole lot easier to just use stips of 1/4 Lattice.
Make sure to add some spray foam in all those gaps around that window and fill under that sill.
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Two other ways to go if you don't want to build out the whole wall. You could customize your window trim molding with a rabbet about 1/4" x 1/4". Some styles may not be able to accomodate that kind of rabbet. Second, you could apply the 1/4" shim boards around the window, after sheerocking, as wide as would be covered by your standard window trim molding.
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1/4" plywood is fine but a whole lot easier to just use stips of 1/4 Lattice.
Make sure to add some spray foam in all those gaps around that window and fill under that sill.
Yeah I thought of that after Neal said 1/4". I can get lath at my HD and its 1/4" thick.

Just added the spray tonight after I took the pic. Thanks!
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If you use lath, screw the drywall from the bottom up so the broken bits don't fall in between and make a bulge in the wall.
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After trying many of the suggestions above I have found (for me) the easiest thing to do is 2 layers of 3/8" drywall.
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After trying many of the suggestions above I have found (for me) the easiest thing to do is 2 layers of 3/8" drywall.
I just used 1/4 lattice in 1 3/8" width. Worked great. Drywall is now flush with the window frame.
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