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Original Post: Best way to handle soft drywall around shower

titans2626 - Member

Hi!

I have some soft drywall above my shower insert, around the rim. It is no thicker than my pinky, so I don't 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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XSleeper - Group Moderator

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.

titans2626 - Thread Starter

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?

XSleeper - Group Moderator

Whatever is soft. If 3/8" is soft, cut out 3/8.

titans2626 - Thread Starter

Got it. I guess I'm wondering if the compound can fill the gap if it is about 1/4 inch 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.

XSleeper - Group Moderator

I must have missed something. Where did I mention replacing any drywall? Cut out what is soft and use setting compound!

marksr - Forum Topic Moderator

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.

titans2626 - Thread Starter

Awesome thanks both! Sorry for the confusion.

titans2626 - Thread Starter

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.

marksr- Forum Topic Moderator

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 two 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.

titans2626 - Thread Starter

Awesome. Thanks again! Very much appreciate it.

XSleeper - Group Moderator

Except I'd probably be using the Easy Sand that Marksr mentioned.

Durabond works well but it's almost impossible to sand. The product I linked to could be used for all three 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.

titans2626 - Thread Starter

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!

marksr - Forum Topic Moderator

Thanks for the update, glad it worked out for you!