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06:54AM | 12/29/04
Member Since: 10/26/04
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I will be replacing my old tub and tub/shower surround. My new surround can be applied directly to the studs, although I may put in the special drywall. Right now there is no insulation in the wall. Is there a reason I SHOULD add insulation along this interior wall before installing the new tub surround and/or drywall?


07:20AM | 12/29/04
We don't need to insulate interior walls for temperature changes. However insulation does provide sound insulation that is a value. Since the insulation is cheap it would be a best practice to install it.

I would like to comment on your plan.

1. Tubs. Cast Iron's are the best but they are heavy. Enameled steels are the least desirable because they chip. Most plumbers agree on these two statements. The more popular tubs have become steel tubs with a thick coating like the Americast. There are plumbers that have put in thousands without any problems and there are those that will not install them because of chipping problems.

2. Shower surrounds. The glue on shower surrounds are often the least desirable because lack of workmanship often leads to a limited life. It is better to install a nail in shower surround.

3. Valve. Since the walls are open this is a good time to install a better plumbing valve. And to change the height of the shower arm if you choose.

4. Fiberglass. You may want to consider the sectional fiberglass units. The tub is one part with two or three nail in wall panels.

5. Wall Repair. Where the drywall meets the tub is a sensitive location for early failure. Take time to cut the rock close without touching and use a big piece.

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