My tub is the standard 60 inches. Stud to stud, the room is 60.5 inches. Is my only option to bump out each stud with 1/2 inch strips of plywood? Can you even purchase strips? I don’t have a table saw. Really don’t like this option, looking for suggestions.
I think most furring strips are indeed 5/8″ or 3/4″
You could possibly find something in the trim aisle that would work
Like a pine standard base trim or something. Really won’t matter that if the trim over hangs the studs width wise. Just more area to screw in backerboard
Otherwise, a sheet of 1/2″ plywood and ripping down with a circular saw would be the cheapest route
How is your tub configured? Are both main walls on either side of bath enclosing the tub? If so you will need to fur out the entire wall that you are making up that 1/2″, in order to keep the drywall and backboard aligned
Yes, it is on the main wall and I knew I had to bump out the entire wall. However, now the tub is installed and I see that the room is not square. There is a 1/2 gap at the tub wall corner, then gradually a 1/4 inch gap at the front of the tub. I found 1/4 inch strips that will work perfectly, doubling up for the 1/2 inch gap. Then, the rest of that wall is actually 60 1/4 inches. Since it seems to be a gradual difference from the 1/2 to 1/4, there should not be any issues with my alignment of drywall and wedi, correct? Will there be any tile issues with the difference? I’m using 12 x 24 in tile in the tub surround.
I would actually just go with 3/4″ (minimum 5/8″) and allow the backerboard meet the tub deck. this will make it easier to waterproof and make it so that you don’t have to fill the tub gap between backer and flange
Simply apply the poly sealant to tub deck before sliding panels down
Check with a level on the studs and an see if they are all inline with one another.
I’m thinking that narrowing down the furring size will leave that middle stud set behind the others. The walls are probable just out of square, and a 1/4″ really won’t be noticed, but a non-straight or bowing wall will cause difficulties with tiling