Drywall to backer transition

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Old 07-07-14, 06:53 PM
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Drywall to backer transition

I just demolished my existing bathroom. I'm replacing the green board inside the shower surround with cement backer. There is no stud where the backer will end, and the drywall begins. I can add a stud but there is romex running through the wall that I rather not disrupt. Running the new stud with the wide side facing the wall does not seem to provide enough support as it flexes easily. How do I run the stud properly with the romex in the way? There isn't much slack on the line and it is fastened to the framing and runs beyond the bathroom.

Help, should I do!!

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Old 07-07-14, 07:04 PM
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Put a few short pieces of blocking (turned flat, and placed 1 1/2" back from the front of both studs) between the existing studs horizontally to act as a backer for the stud that you also need to turn flat.
 
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I guess I could do that, Would have to rip down another foot of drywall then replace it so that I can gain access to the wall. These projects always turn into something much bigger than originally anticipated.
 
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Old 07-07-14, 07:13 PM
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If the opening is big enough to put a 2x4 into it sideways, a cordless drill... an extension... and some screws would easily fit inside a wall that still has some drywall on it. But do what you have to do.
 
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Unfortunately my studs are 23" OC in this room, the drywall must come down.
 
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It's most likely 24" centers

I'd consider installing a stud sideways so you have continuous framing where the cement board and drywall meet.
 
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