11:58AM | 01/07/08
Member Since: 01/06/08
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I've noticed the tension bar in my bathroom is making indents in my drywall. Also, I've noticed a crack in the corner of the dry wall. I'm looking at an area above the tub surround (three feet to the ceiling. The house has only been lived in for a year and a half. I'm worried the builder possibly put the wrong drywall in the bathroom. Should I tile over this area or do I need to pull out the drywall and place the blue/green board in its place?


03:57PM | 01/07/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
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Does this room have an exhaust fan?


03:32AM | 01/08/08
Member Since: 01/06/08
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Yes, it has a fan.


04:25AM | 01/09/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I would put tile on the wall above the tub surround and on the ceiling if at all possible.


06:58AM | 01/09/08
Member Since: 08/20/04
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If it's normal "gray" drywall in the bath, you shouldn't tile over it. If you get a leak in some grout, it'll be a moldy-mush in short-order!!

It needs to be at least the "greenboard", or the much stiffer/heavier "cementboard", which is unaffected by water penetration.

The easiest way:

Just caulk the corner-crack, & ease-off slightly with the shower-rod pressure. You could also use some type of clear "backer-block" for the rod...maybe a clear plexi-glass. The rods pressure would then be distributed over a bigger area.

Also- Check out the Johnbridges (?) Tile-Forums. TONS of knowledge there!



05:10AM | 01/10/08
Member Since: 01/06/08
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Thank you for your help. Sounds like the next step is to put the correct drywall in or the cement board. Do you know the price difference between these two options?


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