Anatomy of a Tub Surround Built to Last

picture of the unfinished bathroom1] Start with an unfinished bathroom.
picture of the vapor barrier2] Tear out the old drywall down to the bare framing studs. Add in additional new lumber where needed so there is no flexing in the wall.
picture of the vapor barrier3] Fur the studs out even with the lip on the tub, staple a roofing felt or polyethylene moisture barrier to the studs.
picture of the cement board4] Sheet with cement board. Tape and mortar the seams. Plenty of cement board screws. Use polymer enhanced mortar on tub surrounds.
picture of a finished tub surroundFinished bathroom with a 100 year porcelain tile floor and tub surround.

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