frustrated noob

10:24AM | 11/28/03
Member Since: 11/27/03
1 lifetime posts
I bought my first home in May of this year and am learning at an accelerated rate how to repair things!!

Problem #1 - We found a soft-spot in the ceramic tile near the bottom faucet in the bathtub. I warned my wife not to push on it...the next day she somehow put her foot through it. About a week later, another soft-spot appeared a little higher than the first. Total, there are about four 4-1/2" square tiles broken/missing horizontally and five vertically (about 20 tiles total).

What do I need to do to replace the old drywall? Most of it was soft and crumbling apart so i removed what wasn't firm. There was black stuff (mold or mildew) all over everything back there. A couple inches above the tub there's a 2x4 running horizontally.

Do I have to buy a whole 4x8 sheet and cut it down? If so, how do you cut drywall?

How do I secure the drywall in the wall?

What goes between the tiles and how do I do that? (I saved the tiles that I removed)

The hole is about 5-6" deep to the wall of the other bathroom and not accessible from the basement due to wooden beams and furnace pipes, etc.


07:04PM | 11/28/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
you may not like this answer, will need to remove all the tiles off all 3 sides of the tub,just smash them out clear every thing down to the studs,let the wall space dry out(may take a few days,less if you keep a fan going to move out the moist air)paint on a primer sealer,over the mold.hang a moisture barrier,dont use drywall,use 1/2" hardi you can install your tile....this is the correct way to do will find you can't replace the missing tiles,and the water damage will go back much more than you think(they will break later if you dont do the whole thing...go to home depot and take there free tile class,take notes and ask questions...i know it seems like a major job ,but its realy easy.....good luck
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