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MamaWhite
Uneven wall at shower surround
MamaWhite

Here's my problem. We live in a house that was built by cavemen. No corner is square, the window holes looked like they were chopped out with an axe. The bathroom was originally built 5'1" wide stud to stud. No wall is even. The 5' tub/shower unit is fastened directly to the studs. One wall was built up with plywood then greenboard. The problem is as you look at the tub, on the left hand side, at the top of the surround, you can see where the wall bows out. I'm afraid that when painted this will really show up. We have thought about sanding this down and trying to remud or putting up a PVC type panel. I really don't think I want to tile that area. It is 22" from the top of the surround to the ceiling. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated at this point. I would like to have the upstairs bath back. Taking 2 small children to the basement shower is getting very old.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Sadly, unless you start with a good foundation, nothing you put on top of it is going to look good.

The studs should have been furred out and plumbed before the drywall was applied. Sadly, with the drywall in place, you are now screwed, unless you demo the drywall. The only topical fix left at this point will be to install a mortar set tile surround. The mortar bed will plumb the wall, but the edge will still show the tweaked wall.

dj1
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dj1

Crooked walls is not something new, and in a case like yours, it's better to tile to the ceiling while floating the tiles and keeping them plumbed.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

You can always have the shower walls floated with cement (mudded is the industry term) then they will be perfectly flat, level and plumb for waterproofing and tiling. :D

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

You can't make chicken salad out of chicken poop, but a 'mud bed' tile job will make it work well enough so that those who see it will think "salad" and not "poop". Alternately, my choice is to do it the right way- tear out all the 'poop' and start over doing it the 'salad' way this time.

Phil

MamaWhite
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MamaWhite

We put 5/8 plywood all the way down that wall and 1/2 greenboard which was all we could put on because of the floor vent. Moving the floor vent meant having the heating people come in and awhole lot of money to change. Anyway with those two in place they came out perfect until you got to the top of the surround. There was going to be a 1/8 gap between the surround and the plywood. This is where the hump comes in. Anyway a pastel green paint job and it is unnoticeable to most people except us.

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