Hi. I live in Houston and unfortunately bought a house that has some issues with water penetration in several areas due to brick parapets extending above the roofline that were never capped. The biggest area of water entry is in the master bath which we have completely gutted down to the studs – several of which have to be replaced due to rot and deterioration over many years.
The capping and coping is underway, but my problem is this: Between the studs and the brick was attached the original vapor barrier from 1984, but it is also deteriorated to the point of needing to be replaced as well. How in the world do you replace the vapor barrier between the studs and the brick, and do you absolutely have to have that component?
The studs were secured to the brick at regular intervals….not sure how to reattach the new studs to the brick either. On the interior of the studs, there will be Hardie cement board followed by shower tile on three walls.
Any help would be appreciated…. Thanks!