furring strips


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Old 08-08-07, 12:03 PM
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furring strips

hi everyone! i'm currently remodeling the bathroom in my condo. i found out that the tub lip and the studs have a gap of 1/2" on two sides and 1/4" on one side. i'm planning to attach 1/2"x3", 1/2"x2" & 1/4"x2" furring strips. what's the proper way of attaching them? i'm also planning to attach 1/2" hardibacker on the studs/furring strips with 1 5/8" hardibacker screws. is the screw long enough and wouldn't it split the furring strips? thanks!
 
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Old 08-09-07, 07:03 AM
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1/4" shimming of tub surrounds and showers is pretty common and I usually use 1/4" lattice. Its not a big deal if the lattice splits a little. When I have to fur out the walls 1/2" or so I like to use strips of plywood ripped on a table saw. They generally dont have splitting issues when nailed. The 1 5/8" screws will be ok for the 1/4" walls but Id use longer screws or roofing nails for the 1/2" wall.

Curious, theres a gap between the tub and the back wall studs of 1/2"? Im guessing you have a cast iron tub sitting on the subfloor. What was on the walls prior to the demolition?
 
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Old 08-09-07, 08:18 AM
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HeresJohnny,

It's just a porcelain tub. But I guess the guy who installed it didn't make it flushed on the wall. They used metals channels screwed across the studs for the old walls but it got rusty so I decided to just use wood strips. Do you think the hot dipped galvanized roofing nail will be ok?

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Old 08-09-07, 08:56 AM
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The roofing nails are fine. Make sure you put a vapor barrier underneath the hardi. 15lb builders felt or 6 mil poly will do. No vapor barrier = mold and rot.
 
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Old 08-09-07, 09:10 AM
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HJ,

The longest crews that hardibacker has is 1 5/8" so I'll just use the roofing nails. Thanks for the advice!

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