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Direct-to-Studs Bathtub with Glue-Up Surround

etting | Posted in General Questions on

Can a glue-up tub surround be installed with a direct-to-studs bathtub? To avoid a domino effect of problems, I hope I can install a direct-to-studs bathtub, install drywall above it, and glue a tub surround onto the drywall.  Is this feasible?  Even if mixing these two types requires more work than using just direct-to-stud or not, it will be well worth it, as the drain/vent pipes for the washer on the other side of the wall won’t allow the amount of framing a direct-to-studs surround requires, and only a direct-to-studs tub will fit.

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    Much the same thing is done quite frequently on renos when people replace old tile surrounds.

  2. etting | | #2

    Thank you, Malcolm. I wasn't sure whether such renovations involved direct-to-studs tubs. The examples I found didn't specify. This is a huge and much appreciated relief!

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      MALCOLM TAYLOR | | #3


      I think the biggest disadvantages are that the after drywall surrounds are usually three pieces, rather than one, and where the edges meet the drywall isn't as clean a joint as when the surround goes in beforehand.
      You may want to think about providing blocking for future grab bars while you have the wall open.

  3. etting | | #4

    Thanks again, Malcolm. Great suggestion re the blocking for grab bars; it's good to think well ahead.

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