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01-31-17, 09:43 AM   #1  
Need help fixing Drywall

Hello everyone.

I replaced my shower about 2 months ago and need help replacing the drywall around the cut outs.

I went out and bought the 1/2 green mold drywall but its not the proper size. For the life of me I cannot figure out the proper size. Its an older house and the old drywall isn't really drywall? There is metal behind it etc. See picture

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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01-31-17, 10:17 AM   #2  
Welcome to the forums!

I believe you have plaster over drywall lath. You can patch it with your drywall. If the existing plaster/lath is an inch or more thick just double up on the drywall. If it's less than 1" shim your drywall so if fits. Ideally the drywall patch would be slightly lower than the finished plaster and then you'd make it flush using either a setting compound [Durabond or EasySand] or regular joint compound. Setting compounds are stronger and water resistant but regular j/c is more novice friendly.

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01-31-17, 10:21 AM   #3  
Marksr's advice is fine, but I would recommend you go with his advice to use Durabond or Easy Sand setting compound. Its less likely to crack along the repair.

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