Best way to handle soft drywall around shower

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Best way to handle soft drywall around shower

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I have some soft drywall above my shower insert, around the rim. It is no thicker than my pinky, so I dont believe it goes above the part of the insert behind the drywall (I believe the drywall is on top of the insert but I could be off)

My question is, is there anyway to fix this beyond cutting above the shower insert and adding new drywall?

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Cut out anything that is soft and replace it with setting compound. Drywall and joint compound get soft when they get wet. Setting compound does not.
 
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Thanks. So. I'd have to cut out and replace the drywall or just cut the thin piece of drywall and replace with the setting compound?
 
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Whatever is soft. If 3/8" is soft, cut out 3/8.
 
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Got it. I guess I'm wondering if the compound can fill the gap if it is about 1/4inch without replacing the drywall that was cut out. If that makes sense? If not if have to cut out a lot more drywall to catch a stud above the insert.

 
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I must have missed something. Where did I mention replacing any drywall? Cut out what is soft and use setting compound!
 
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Setting compound isn't water soluble and won't shrink unlike regular joint compound. Once finished/dry caulk the top of the surround to the wall.
 
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Awesome thanks both! Sorry for the confusion
 
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Silly question, but is there an easy way to find setting compound that is not joint compound? Not glaringly obvious on home depot or lowes websites.
 
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Regular joint compound comes in buckets - premixed. Setting compounds are powder that comes in a bag. You mix up what you need and discard any mixed mud as it starts to set up. Durabond and EasySand are the 2 main brands but there are other brands also. The number behind the name [like Durabond 20] denotes the approximate work time. 45 minute and 90 minute are probably the most popular.


https://www.lowes.com/pd/SHEETROCK-B...mpound/3009547
 
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Awesome. Thanks again! Very much appreciate it
 
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Except I'd probably be using the Easy Sand that Marksr mentioned. https://www.lowes.com/pd/ProForm-Qui...mpound/3182361

Durabond works well but it's almost impossible to sand. The product I linked to could be used for all 3 coats. You might even do it in two. If a third coat is needed, a very thin skim coat of joint compound works well before paint and primer.
 
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Thanks again to you both. I cut out the soft spots and used the joint compound. Once I got the consistency down it went on real smooth, I barely need to sand. Really appreciate it!
 
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Thanks for the update, glad it worked out for you!
 
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