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Old 10-25-05, 06:13 PM
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Hi, I have had a few issues with 5 piece tub surrounds coming loose and leaking. The drywall always seems to get wet behind.
I have a dumb question. When I re-drywall, how far above the tub do I end the drywall? I have kept it about 3/8 in above but when I silicone, there is no backing because of the gap.
Any suggestions?
 
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Old 10-25-05, 07:01 PM
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I always thought that the drywall came down to the lip on the tub. IMO it is always wise to apply a good coat or two of enamel on the drywall before installing the tub surround.
 
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Old 10-26-05, 08:14 AM
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Perhaps that is my problem as the two that I have done so far, I only primed the wallboard. Maybe I should have painted also?
 
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It depends on the primer. Most latex primers don't effectively seal the drywall. Oil primer should seal better but I think it is easier to prime with latex and finish with latex enamel.
 
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