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Unread 03-05-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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floating shower walls prep ?

I was wondering how many of you guys nail your reinforcement into the studs. Whether or not you use lath or chicken wire (aka "chicken war" for you fellas from texas). I've always just used staples every 6 inches and from demoing my fair share of others 30+ year old showers, I know they ain't coming down easy. I've got an inspector that wants them nailed and was barking at me "that Marin County is the only place that doesn't prep that way". I wasn't thrilled with putting larger holes through my paper so, after locating the studs I put beads of polyurethane every 6 and sent a roofing nail through. What do you guys do?
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Unread 03-05-2010, 08:47 PM   #2
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I use roofers to fasten my lath wire to the walls. I was taught that wire must be fastened in the up direction but after mudding on my own I hang it as fast as I can I will even hang it vertically, I still prefer a ton of nails though. I like 1 1/4" roofers galvanized hot dipped.
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To make sure I'm clear, over here we screw in our 1/2 or 5/8's water-resistant gypsum backing board "green board", fire tape it, followed by a vapor barrier, wire, and then mud. No scratch coat, just 5/8 - 3/4 avg. finish coat.
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I'm with you on that . I do a one step float too. I think most of the country still does 2 step floats. So I'm not sure if most will have any views on this . I have heard that inspectors want it nailed up though.
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Used to do em like that when I was an apprentice. If your using staples to hold the wire to the drywall then you are crazy you need to fasten the wire to the studs. I would use 1 1/2" roofers in that case. I mean how long are your staples? 9/16ths?
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1/2 inch duofast every 6 inches, believe me it's not easy to rip down a wall.
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How easy is it to bend a 1/2" cement board in half ? I've torn them out many a time two and it's dang strong. When it's all mudded together and monolithic its strong.
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That's how I was taught Rick and have done 100's without having any sort of problem. That's how the majority of mud is done in the bay area, I know that. I can see that it might sound sketch if you were taught another way, but it's not. The man that taught me has been doing it like that for 40 years. Through a couple of earthquakes and still no problems. That's how I floated this beast and I guarantee it's not going anywhere.
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Damn Ryan that had to be fun to set sticks on ?
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Yeah, it was Chad. Plumbed up plastering corner profiles on those outside corners and then a few sticks Although the pics above were ply and not sheetrock.
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Codes years ago in Oakland CA(could have changed since then.who knows) were 1/2"galvanized self furring lath,attached with screws EVERY 6"s or closer,on stud. Prior to floating,the lath/paper etc was inspected.
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