Re: Drywalling Around a Shower Enclosure
As for how to transition: most shower enclosures I've seen have a nailing flange around the edge. I'm assuming yours does, too.
There are two ways I've seen to get a nice transition:
- Use furring strips on the studs to build the wall out so the furring strips are flush with the nailing flange. Then overlap the greenboard over the nailing flange, up to the finished edge of the enclosure
- Butt the greenboard up to -- but not over -- the nailing flange. Then use "hot mud" (not premix) and fiberglass mesh joint tape to fill in over the nailing flange. Using a sealing primer will help the water resistance.
The disadvantage of #1 is that you have to build out the walls (sometimes as much as 1/2" or more if the enclosure is much smaller than the space), and this may not be feasible in your situation.
The disadvantage of #2 is that it is more difficult as you have to sculpt quick-setting mud into a smooth surface.
("Hot mud" is a cement-like product based on Plaster of Paris. It actually cures rather than dries, so the end product is more moisture resistant than premix joint compound. The term "hot" refers to the fact that it heats up as it cures.)
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.