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Drywall behind Sterling tub/shower enclosure?

Discussion in 'Workshop and Home Improvement' started by haystax, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. haystax

    haystax

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    Finally getting back to work on the basement, hung the bathroom ceiling last night and now I can't find directions for the Sterling tub/shower we installed last year. I have never installed these units, only a tile-in type tub.

    I guess I don't need any drywall behind the enclosure panels?? Straight to the studs?

    Can't get the installation instructions for this particular unit online, but I looked at some others and there is no drywall mentioned.

    Here is the unit:Sterling Plumbing: Ensembleā„¢, Tile Bath/Shower: Bathtub Showers: Baths & Showers

    Thanks for your help!
  2. jjbodean1970

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  3. Joe_E

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    Yep, tubs and shower enclosures are installed during the plumbing stage in new construction which is before the rock. Overlap your rock over the lips of the tubs or enclosure.
  4. Michael Hanson

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    No rock,but we insulate behind and under to cut down on noise transfer. MIke
  5. haystax

    haystax

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    Hey guys thanks for the help, had a little brain lapse since the plumber set the tub but left the enclosure to me.

    Tub is an inch away from the back wall but the sides are just right to be flush. I dunno...it will cover;)

    Bodean - thanks for the link!
  6. jjbodean1970

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    no problem, be sure to post pics when youre done :beer:
  7. 79fj40moneypit

    79fj40moneypit

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    I found that before you install sheetrock you should rip strips of wood and nail them on the studs around the shower enclosure to keep the sheetrock nice and flat, the strips should be a tad thicker than the flange. it also helps when you put the baseboard around the wall the baseboard stays straight instead of being cocked over 5 or 10 degrees. Also when you put the sheetrock on apply waterproof caulk to the bottom of the rock it really helps in the long run.
  8. haystax

    haystax

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    I stood up the shower walls last night to get an idea of how it fit and marked where I need some blocking and studied my 1" gap against the ICF wall.

    Forgot to mark the valve and spout cutout - :doh:

    I'll work on it again tonight and it should be good to go, I will probably go overboard on the use of silicone as well.

    What about trim where the sheetrock meets the tub enclosure? Thinking about just using the plastic door trim I plan to use on the rest of the bathroom.
  9. hydro joe

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    When installing shower or tub surrounds fire blocking is needed at the edge around the top 3/4" down.
  10. haystax

    haystax

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    Good to know - I blocked the heck out of everything and drywalled for fire barrier against the ICF

    Need to cut the shower valve in and it will be good to go

    Thanks!

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