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Unread 05-09-2021, 07:29 AM   #1
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3/4" wall gap in front of tub

Our new alcove tub is wider then the old tub i only have 3/4" or so of space in front of the tub. The cement board above the tub meets the wall square. how do i go about filling up this gap? Should I cut out the adjacent drywall and replace it so its flush? Can i just use a corner bead straight down and fill with thick thin-set?
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Unread 05-09-2021, 03:54 PM   #2
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William, I'm having a hard time figuring out what you're describing with the pictures you've posted. I think I understand that the new tub depth (front to back) is more than the old tub, so that there's less of a tub "leg" (the wall space directly in front of the tub.

The rest of your post about the cement board above the tub isn't clear to me.

Maybe if there were some pictures from further back to get a different perspective it would be more obvious to me.
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yes the front of the tub has less space, not much to work with. We were planning on having the tile come out to the edge of the wall. the cement board at the tub flange meets the wall and makes nice corner. I'm not sure how to handle down below by the tub skirt.
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William, that corner does look kinda rough. I probably would have tried to clean that up before putting the tub in place. Is the stud there undamaged? I'm wondering why it looks to be cut back a little from the corner above.

If the framing is in good shape, you could cut a strip of Durock and set it in place with construction adhesive. Then set a corner bead over the whole thing. I know some like the metal beads, but when it's that close to water I'd use a plastic one. Then you could tile right up to the corner. Of course, the tub leg will get a thin strip of tile, but if you waterproof that corner and leg properly around the tub, it should stay dry.
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