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Old 07-19-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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Recently added a shower to a bath only tub. Accessed plumbing from opposite side of wall inside closet. Being that the bath did not have a shower before, the tile is only run about half way up the wall. What should I do to protect the remaining walls from water damage.
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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Recently added a shower to a bath only tub. Accessed plumbing from opposite side of wall inside closet. Being that the bath did not have a shower before, the tile is only run about half way up the wall. What should I do to protect the remaining walls from water damage.
Add tile maybe ?

The problem now is the walls aren't suitable for a shower. Putting tile on what is there now will only provide a couple of years service before erosion and decay sets in. Are the walls drywall or plaster?

The correct thing to do is to remove what is there down to the studs and start over using proper shower enclosure methods if you want tile.

One other option is to add some plastic shower surround panels.
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Yes the walls are sheet rock. Trying to find something relatively low cost, had thought about shower panels, are there panels you can cut to fit a space such as the one above the tile?
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Yes the walls are sheet rock. Trying to find something relatively low cost, had thought about shower panels, are there panels you can cut to fit a space such as the one above the tile?
Yes you can buy "cut & fit" panels.
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Do you apply them directly to sheet rock and do you think it would really prevent water damage underneath?
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Do you apply them directly to sheet rock and do you think it would really prevent water damage underneath?
You can apply them directly to almost anything but be sure to use the proper adhesive. If installed properly they will last for a while. They also have to be caulked properly. Drywall isn't usually recommended for a shower substrate, but, OH WELL, it appears you are heading in that direction no matter what!
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