Help framing in Shower Surround

Old 06-16-14, 12:07 PM
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Help framing in Shower Surround

Hello all,

SO my dad installed a shower ensemble in my new (old) home. The walls in the room were plaster and lath.

He basically cut out the wall about 2 inches larger then needed to screw the shower walls to the studs. So now we have about an inch and a half gap to fill.

He insists there are faux moldings you can buy to frame it in. I was under the impression we should cut about 8-14 inches out, and greenboard the rest, then caulk at the end.

Can someone shed some light on the subject for me?

This is the shower
Sterling Plumbing Ensemble 32 in. x 60 in. x 74 in. Standard Fit Bath/Shower Kit in White-71120120-0 at The Home Depot
Old 06-16-14, 01:04 PM
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Did your dad used to be a plumber, they are notorious for cutting holes and leaving them open when they are done....

You are correct. Open up the wall to the next stud in the wall. Add a stud to both sides of the opening. Cut some furring strips so that the Greenboard will lay just shy of the surface of the plaster. Peel back a little of the veneer layer of the plaster so that you can install some drywall tape and they finish the area buy feathering to match the plaster. Use a setting type joint compound with plaster as it sets up harder and shrinks less.

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