Drywall around shower walls

Old 08-09-19, 11:59 PM
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Drywall around shower walls

The person remodeling my bathroom left before the job was done. We're going to just finish it ourselves. What is the best way to fill these gaps? I want the drywall over the flange, instead of behind it.

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Old 08-10-19, 02:07 AM
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I'm a little confused by the pictures. Is the purple drywall flush next to the open wall but recessed in the corner?
Normally the studs are shimmed out so the drywall will go over the shower lip. Removing the crown molding, shimming the recessed portion of the wall and then laminating the wall with another layer of drywall might be your best bet.
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I am sorry to say you are going to have a lot of headaches trying to finish this job off. There is so much wrong I'm not sure where to start.

They installed the surround on top of the sheetrock. That nailing flange should be behind the sheetrock. About all you can do now is install some molding over the flange to try and dress it up a bit.

In the corner, before the sheetrock was installed they should have installed blocking behind so there was something to attach the end of the sheetrock. Since that end of the sheetrock is hanging loose you can't finish it as it will be moving around. If you do somehow manage to finish the sheetrock in that corner it will crack since it's not attached.

Here they did install the surround against the studs (yea!) but they left you a very narrow gap to fill which is difficult. Usually I remove the sheetrock all the way to the ceiling. Then you just put in a bigger piece which is easier to finish. You can't attach a narrow strip of sheetrock to fill that little gap as it's so narrow the sheetrock will crack and break apart easily. I would cover that gap with molding.

Oh, what a mess!!! I don't know of a good way to finish that off. It almost looks like the step in the wall protrudes the same or more than your shower surround. Good luck.
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Thank you for the replies! So it would be easier to just put trim moulding around the entire thing? Would I need to seal it with something first, to repel moisture? There is a gap behind the flange where the step out is. We could fit a peice of wood there to attach drywall to. It doesn't protrude past the shower wall, but it's close.

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