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Installing Tub Surround Over Drywall

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A seam will be found at the junction of the tub flange and the backer board on the bathtub's back wall. This is an area where caulk is usually applied to seal the seam. You may have to patch some areas if the seam is not sealable. Make sure you follow all the correct procedures when installing a new tub surround.

Make sure the back wall of the tub is level. Before you install the tub surround, remove the old one. To do this, you can use a prybar or a hammer. Be sure to use protective gear.

You can have a tub surround installed over wood, concrete, or tile. It all depends on your needs. There are many options for these surrounds. The most popular are acrylic or plastic panels. Each type has its specific installation instructions. Some kits come with only one back panel while others have two. A single-piece surround can help you keep costs low and save money.

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After you have removed your old surround, you will need to remove the corners panels. Then, you'll need to measure the new surround to determine its size. You need the correct adhesive to make sure it sticks. It will be necessary to adhere adhesive to multiple areas at once. Allow enough time for the adhesive to dry.

Once you are ready to apply the adhesive mark the right and left sides of your wall as well as the top and bottom corners of the surround. This will give you a visual reference point for where to apply the adhesive. You must cut the adhesive lines correctly. You can make the lines stand out by using masking tape.

Place the surround back against the wall. Adjust the back so that it is flush. Check that the back of the surround is flush with the wall. If your back is uneven, you will need to use extra adhesive to fill the gap. After you have applied the adhesive, allow it to dry for at minimum 24 hours.

You can now put the tub surround's backwall in place. This is typically the easiest part. To ensure it stays in place, it is a good idea for a friend to hold it. You can also place a level on the surface to help guide the installation.

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After that, attach the flanges onto the studs. You should drive fasteners through predrilled holes that are slightly larger than the actual size. For additional support, you can add some 2x4 nailers. They should be anchored to the drywall, but not nailed directly to the wall framing.

Before you start tiling, you will need to install the appropriate vapor barrier. A vapor barrier is thick plastic sheeting that protects the wall from moisture. In addition, you'll need to apply primer and paint. There are many kinds of glue to choose from, so make sure to read the directions carefully.


How long does it take for a home to be renovated?

It depends on how large the project is, and how long you spend on it each day. The average homeowner spends three to six hours each week working on the project.

Is it worth the extra cost to build or remodel a house?

There are two options available to you if you're considering building a home. A pre-built home is another option. This type of home is already built and ready to move in to. You can also build your own home. If you choose this option, you will need to hire someone to help you design your dream home.

How much time and money it takes to design and plan a new house will affect the cost. Because you will likely be doing most of the work yourself, a custom home can require more effort. But you can choose the materials you want and where you want them to be placed. So, it might be easier to find a contractor who specializes in building custom homes.

A new house is generally more expensive than a home that has been renovated. That's because you'll pay more for the land and any improvements you make to the property. You will also need to pay inspections and permits. On average, the difference in price between a new and remodeled house is $10,000 to $20,000.

What are my considerations when purchasing a new house?

You need to ensure you have enough funds available to cover closing costs before you buy a home. You might consider refinancing your mortgage if you don't have enough money.

Can I do the whole renovation myself?

Do it yourself - you'll save time and money.

It doesn't really matter how much you love DIY. There will always be times when you just can't do it. There may be too many variables involved for you to control.

An example: If your house is older than you think, it might be that the wiring is unsafe. You will need an electrician to inspect and make sure that your system is reliable and safe.

Be aware that structural damage might be too costly for you to repair during the renovation.

In addition, you might not have the tools necessary to complete the job properly. For instance, if you are planning to install a new kitchen sink, you'll need to buy a special tool called a plumber's snake which is used to clear clogged pipes.

There are also plumbing codes that require you to have a licensed plumber working on your project.

You must be confident in your abilities before you attempt such a difficult task.

If you aren't sure if you have the skills or knowledge to tackle the task, get help from your family and friends.

They can advise you on the steps you should take and where to look for further information.

Do you prefer to hire a general contractor, or a subcontractor for your project?

The cost of hiring a general contractor can be higher than that of a subcontractor. General contractors often have many employees and charge clients high labor costs. A subcontractor on the other side only employs one person, so he/she charges less per-hour.

How can I avoid getting ripped off when renovating my house?

It is important to understand what you are buying to avoid being scammed. Read the fine print before signing any contract. Do not sign unsigned contracts. Always request copies of signed contracts.


  • It is advisable, however, to have a contingency of 10–20 per cent to allow for the unexpected expenses that can arise when renovating older homes. (realhomes.com)
  • On jumbo loans of more than $636,150, you'll be able to borrow up to 80% of the home's completed value. (kiplinger.com)
  • Design-builders may ask for a down payment of up to 25% or 33% of the job cost, says the NARI. (kiplinger.com)
  • They'll usually lend up to 90% of your home's "as-completed" value, but no more than $424,100 in most locales or $636,150 in high-cost areas. (kiplinger.com)
  • According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry's 2019 remodeling impact report , realtors estimate that homeowners can recover 59% of the cost of a complete kitchen renovation if they sell their home. (bhg.com)

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How To

How do I plan a whole-house remodel?

Planning a whole house remodel requires careful planning and research. Before you begin your project, there are many things to think about. The first thing to do is decide what kind of home renovation you want. There are several categories you can choose from, such as bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living area, and so on. Once you've decided on which category to work on you will need to calculate how much money is available for your project. If you do not have any previous experience in working with homes, it is best that you budget at least $5,000 per bedroom. If you have more experience, you might be able spend less.

Once you have established how much you are able to afford, you will have to decide on how big a job to do. For example, if you only have enough money for a small kitchen remodel, you won't be able to add a new flooring surface, install a new countertop, or even paint the walls. However, if enough money is available to complete a kitchen renovation, you should be able handle most things.

The next step is to find a contractor who specializes in the type of project you want to take on. This will guarantee quality results, and it will save you time later. Once you have hired a contractor, gather materials and other supplies. Depending on the project's size, you may have to buy all of the materials from scratch. However, there are plenty of stores that sell pre-made items so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding everything you need.

Once you've gathered the supplies needed, it's now time to start planning. First, you'll want to draw up a rough sketch of where you want to place furniture and appliances. Then you will design the layout. Be sure to leave enough room for electric outlets and plumbing. It is a good idea to place the most important areas nearest the front door. This will make it easier for visitors to access them. The final step in your design is to choose colors and finishes. In order to avoid spending too much money, stick to neutral tones and simple designs.

Once you have completed your plan, it is time to begin building. Before you start any construction, be sure to check the local codes. Some cities require permits while others allow homeowners to build without one. Before you can begin construction, remove any walls and floors. The next step is to lay plywood sheets on your new flooring. Next, you'll attach the wood pieces to the frame of your cabinets. You will attach doors or windows to the frame.

When you're done, you'll still have a few finishing touches to do. You'll likely want to cover any exposed wires and pipes. To do this, you'll use plastic sheeting and tape. It's also a good idea to hang mirrors and photos. Keep your work area tidy and clean at all times.

If you follow these steps, you'll end up with a beautiful, functional home that looks great and saves you lots of money. Now that you are familiar with how to plan a whole home remodel project, it is time to get started.

Installing Tub Surround Over Drywall