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Old 07-02-2004, 03:42 PM   #1
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Tiling above a fiberglass shower

I have orders from the wife to prepare the area above our fiberglass shower for tile. It was previously wallpapered and appears to be regular sheetrock. There is crown molding at the ceiling which is to remain. The ceiling is the sprayed kind.

What do I do?

1) Pull off the crown molding (won't that tear up the ceiling?), cut off and remove the sheetrock above the shower, and replace it with aquaboard.

2) Cut off the sheetrock just under the crown molding (like with a roto-zip), put up the aquaboard on the joists (how?) butting up against the sheetrock under the crown molding and where I cut the sheetrock at the edge of the shower (and what do I do where the tile stops and the new wallpapered part begins?)

3) Put aquaboard over the sheetrock and tell the wife she has to live with the tile sticking out further from the wall than the width of the bottom edge of the crown molding (it's about 1/4 inch thick)

She won't like #3.

4) Something else I haven't thought of

And how thick should the aquaboard (cement backer board) be?

Thanks for all suggestions. This is such a cool forum!

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Old 07-02-2004, 04:45 PM   #2
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How about taking out the majority of the sheerock and replacing it with CBU. You could leave 6" or so of sheetrock below the crown molding.

How was it ever wallpapered around the shower?

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Old 07-03-2004, 08:23 AM   #3
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You could leave the drywall and put some kerdi on it, then tile on that. Alittle easier than tearing it out.
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Old 07-03-2004, 10:12 AM   #4
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Tiling above a fiberglass shower

Thanks for the replies.

Jason,
The wallpaper is well above where water splashes, so it's mostly water vapor "steam" that the area is exposed to.

Does your reply mean the tile could be put on the last 6 inches of sheetrock and expected to stay OK?

Mike,
With the kerdi approach, how much thickness would that add to the sheetrock with adhesive and 1/4 inch thick tile over the top?

I've never done tile work, but I was under the impression the adhesive has to be fairly thick (because of the depth of the grooves of the trowels I see in the Home Improvement stores).

The wife really doesn't want it to stick out further than the beginning of the curved part of the crown molding (picky, picky) <grin>

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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Hi Bart, Welcome aboard

Kerdi adds less than a sixteenth of an inch. I think you can get by without it, though. Put the tile up there and seal the grout.
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Old 07-04-2004, 09:36 AM   #6
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You mean less work is OK? <grin>

John,
I was already convinced I had to put up something special rather than put the tile right on the sheetrock. You're saying with the limited moisture up there it will stick OK as long as I seal the grout and put silicone caulk on the seam between the fiberglass shower and the tilework?

Thanks for all the help.

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