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Old 11-28-2014, 04:06 AM   #1
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In the next few months, I plan on remodeling our bathroom. This entails removing all the old drywall and paneling, tearing out the old and cracked tile and replacing with new drywall and a tub surround instead of more tile. I have two main questions stemming from one issue- solid wood walls. This isn't a bad issue as I enjoy having solid wood "sub walls." But I am not sure on a couple of things.

First, can you get 1/4" moisture/mildew resistant drywall? 1/4" so I do not have to worry about getting a new door frame, etc. - I understand this is probably not the ideal way to deal with the situation, but time and money dictate. If not, will priming with Kilz help with the moisture issue? Second, when I install the tub surround (haven't figured which surround I am going with) do I need to install drywall under the surround or simply install a vapor barrier on top of the wood wall? Most of the surrounds I looked at said you could install directly to the studs, which would indicate (to me anyway) that I could put a vapor barrier on the wood wall and install directly to the wall. Of course this is assuming the walls behind the tile are not mold ridden and rotted. I appreciate any comments or advice.
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Most tub surrounds are fastened directly to the studs--so strip that section--correct any framing issues--install your new mixer valve --insulate with faced insulation--and install the surround.

As to the 1/4" drywall--that stuff is very difficult to work with and have the results look good.---You can add a 1/4" strip of wood to the door jamb (jamb extender) to make the job easier--use 1/2" if that will work for you.
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Other than checking/fixing any structural issues and making it easier to put in a new bath fixture (although I do have an access point, but it is behind some drawers), is there a reason I would need to remove the wood walls? I don't have a problem doing that, I'm just curious if there is a reason that I would NEED to expose the studs for the tub surround since the wood wall, in my mind, would give me a flat service to attach the surround to. It might be necessary depending on the condition of the wood under the tile and mortar bed. Also, do I need to put up a vapor barrier? One of the three walls is an outside wall.
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Wood wall? Sorry, I don't understand --is the wall paneled with wood?
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Yes. I'm sorry I didn't make that clear. This is a 1950s (maybe 1960s - haven't verified year yet) pier and beam house that has solid wood walls - possibly 1x10 or 12 running horizontally across studs.
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Leave that alone---Apply the tub surround to that if it will fit---You have an unusual situation there---either post a picture--or get creative---the typical installation methods won't work for a solid wood wall covering.
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"Get creative" has become my middle name since we bought this house
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We have a saying---" There are three ways of doing things 'the right way'--'the wrong way' and 'the only way'
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