What to use to seal around fixtures when tanking a drywall bathroom?


The process of hanging bathroom drywall is nearly identical to doing the work in any other room. The biggest difference, aside from the scope of the project, is the type of gypsum board you use. When hanging it in bathrooms or other rooms where moisture is a major factor, a special type of drywall designed to resist the effects of moisture buildup and mold must be used.

Standard drywall consists of a gypsum core sandwiched between a front and back layer of paper. Because of the organic content found in paper, high-moisture areas will eventually cause mold to eat away at it, ruining it over time.

For bathrooms and showers, greenboard is used. It has a thin fiberglass mat instead of paper for the outer layers. This ensures that mold doesn't appear and grow within. Drywall tape must be inorganic as well. Make sure you purchase a mold-resistant variety made from synthetic materials.

Other than the type of material you use, hanging drywall in a bathroom requires the...

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Bathroom fixtures normally serve one of two purposes: function and style. When you combine the two, you can have a stylish bathroom that you'll be proud to share with family and guests. Some fixtures are a must-have to do what you need to complete routine shower and grooming tasks. Others are nice to have, and can be installed gradually when you have the time and money for it. Here are 5 types to consider for your bathroom.

1 - Towel Bars

Having bathroom towel bars is necessary in every bathroom. However, they don't have to be plain. There are many styles and shapes to choose from. For example, consider installing curved or circular bars instead of the standard straight bars. You can buy towel bar sets that have different lengths to hang hand towels and body towels. Also experiment with the towel bar materials. Instead of plastic and wood, try brass or satin nickel towel bars.

2 - Wall Mount Mirror

You can't have too many mirrors in a bathroom....

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If the ceiling's going to leak in any finished room of the house, it might as well be the bathroom. After all, this is one area that's used to water. But enough of this foolish positive thinking. Your ceiling has sprung a leak and that's never a good thing. So now what do you do? First, you identify what's causing the leak, including confirming that it really is a leak. Then, if necessary, you call the appropriate pro to help you solve the problem. Now go get a flashlight and let's get started.

Are You Sure It's a Leak?

Not to insult your intelligence or suggest alarmist behavior, but sometimes what appears to be a bathroom ceiling leak is really a big condensation problem. If you're finding droplets of water in more than one place and you don't have -- or don't use -- a bathroom vent fan (that noisy thing that alerts everyone to enter the bathroom with caution), you might have too much moisture that's simply collecting on the ceiling surface. The water or water marks...

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1. Proper ventilation.

Make sure your bathroom has

proper ventilation

. If not, the high levels of humidity can damage your paint. An open window and a ceiling fan or

exhaust fan

can help clear a room full of steam, removing moisture and drying walls. Try to run your fan for an hour after every shower or bath.

2. Even drywall texture. Work with your contractor to make sure that your drywall has an even texture on all the walls. Paint will often highlight a poor sanding or plaster job. Ask for a level-5 drywall finish to get the best end result.

Tip: Look for a nice, even sheen and no signs of overlap marks or shadows on your finished walls. The walls and ceiling in this bathroom look...

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Installing Drywall in Wet Locations TIPS

DEAR TIM: My church group is restoring a house and all of the walls and ceilings in the bathroom and laundry area have been stripped down to the wall studs. How much water-resistant drywall should we install? Is it best to use it just behind the plumbing fixtures and appliances or should all of the walls and ceiling be covered? John G., Detroit, MI

DEAR JOHN: There seems to be a significant amount of confusion about drywall, water-resistant drywall and wall board that is 100-percent waterproof. Since you are in the driver's seat at this time and have a choice of what material to use, you can produce a finished result that should last for many years with little or no damage if an occasional splash or drip occur or even if lots of water floods a wall surface.

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Drywall Needs To Be Dry

Drywall that most people are familiar with is made with a...

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Hi, I'm Tyler Elliott with Elliott Remodeling, and in this segment, I'm going to show you how to caulk your bathroom fixtures. Any sort of appliance that deals with water needs to be sealed, and or caulked, if not both. Usually, your plumber will do the main caulking, and or waxing for your drains, your toilet, etcetera. However, the outside of these fixtures, where they meet your finished floor or counter top is usually left for the homeowner to caulk. The first step is to make sure that all of your surfaces are clean and free of any debris because any debris left in there when you caulk it, will eventually cause a leak. So, once you've cleaned the counter top and the sink, you're going to take your caulk gun and your bottle of caulk and you're going to cut the tip of the caulk gun off. What that does is that gives you a real fine line for sealing your appliances. So, you take your caulk gun and you caulk around the seam, making sure that you get all the caulk filled within the...

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A complete how to guide for installing ceramic bathroom fixtures like towel bars, toilet paper holders and soap dishes.

A lot of bathrooms are missing towel bars, soap dishes, and toilet paper holders. Sometimes they are installed in an inconvenient spot. Luckily this is an easily corrected situation. Most homeowners can complete this task without calling a contractor.

To do this you will need a ceramic fixture set that matches the existing tile. When they are placed across the room from the tile the color does not need to match perfectly. You will also need a bag of white thinset. Unsanded thinset works best because it is extremely sticky. The tools you need are a razor knife, bubble level, pencil, margin trowel, sponge, and a bucket. Masking tape can help hold the ceramic to the wall while the thinset dries. This is only necessary in high traffic areas. A hacksaw can be used to cut a long towel bar.

Not much is worse than when you sit on a toilet but can not...

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Video Transcript

Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to install a light box where you don't have any studs. Now, for this job, you'll need a couple things. For this job, we'll be using a light box with extending brace, some drywall screws, a batter powered drill with a Phillips tip bit, and a hammer. So, the first thing we wanna do is determine where our box is actually gonna be mounted. So, we're gonna be mounting our box right up here, so what we'll do is take our light box, put it in between the studs. After we have our braces in between our studs, just gonna take our hammer, and right on the sides, there's some spikes. We're just going to knock that into the studs. And, we'll go ahead and do that on both sides. Now that it's nailed into place, we're going to go ahead and install some screws in the pre-drilled holes that they've done. Go ahead and do that on both sides. Now, that it's secure, it's not...

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Bathroom renovations are one of the most common interior improvements and present many opportunities to add green features to improve environmental performance and to deal with common bathroom problems. For instance, the bathroom accounts for some 75 per cent of water use in the home, but this can be reduced significantly with water-efficient fixtures. Bathrooms are also one of the main producers of moisture which can cause problems if not managed properly. The green renovator understands these issues, recognizes the opportunities and builds appropriate remedial measures into the renovation.

There are many opportunities to include green features in a bathroom renovation that address Healthy Housing™ principles. See the box below.

Quick Reference: Green Bathroom Renovations

Occupant health / healthy indoor environments

Ventilate to ensure moisture and odours are vented outside. Reduce material pollutant emissions by using low-emission flooring (ceramic...
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Hi John, I love the detail of the feathered out drywall (if that's what you could call it).

We have a cabana bath in which we are adding a small shower. Small, only because it's all we have room for. The shower is very close to the door casing. I am thinking your technique would be a great way to handle this.

The long wall of the bath will be completely tiled, floor to ceiling behind the toilet, sink and through the shower. The shower will be completely framed in glass. When we wrap the tile around to the wall that has the door on it we are concerned about the look where the tile and door casing meet, (or come close to meeting).

We are trying to make the shower as large as possible, and we'd like to get as close to the door as possible. I have a few questions based on this scenario....

The door casing will be 3 1/2" wide, how much space should we have between the casing and the tile?

How much space do we need between the edge of the tile and where...

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To remove extra globs of caulk and create even lines, dip your finger in water and run it down the caulk line to smooth it out (Image 1). When you wipe each length of the still-wet caulk; it will effectively force extra caulk into the open gap between tiles or between the bathtub and its surround. If you use a paper towel over your finger, refold it several times to make sure you aren’t transferring excess caulk onto the face of the tiles. If you are just using your finger, wipe clean and re-wet your finger regularly.

If you encounter a space where not enough caulk was applied, you may be able to wipe excess from another part of the same seam. If not, apply a new fine bead of caulk using the caulking gun and immediately smooth it out using a damp paper towel so that it merges with the rest of the new caulk.

Most caulks and silicones have a short set time. So if caulk dries on surrounding tiles, use a razor blade to score the edge of the caulk close to the original...

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Many houses from the 60's on, have their below surface areas parged with tar or other waterproofing and some even wrapped in plastic. Unless there are cracks or extremely poor outside grading or downspout placement, vapor migration from outside is practically zero. New construction will have many gallons of water in the concrete and block walls required for the mixing and processing of them. It can take up to 3 years to totally remove that excessive moisture depending on the processes used to remove the moisture from the structure.

Many of the waterproofing products use various methods for applying their waterproofing solutions which are in essence paint. Any good waterproofing will contain hydraulic cement and most likely not painted on per se.

Hydraulic cement is a powdered limestone that has been heated to higher temperatures than general purpose cement and it is very dry. It gains it's strength by being confined. If you put it into a hole or crack, as it cures, it...

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