I'm completely redoing a bathroom in a house that was built in the 50's.
The studs in the walls are 2 1/2" (actual thickness). The wall covering
that was ripped out was some kind of compressed paper (not drywall) and
the thickness was 3/8" (actual thickness). They used a flat nail with a
head like I've never seen before and it had to have been put up with
some kind of gun. Getting them out was no problem. Greenboard in my
area only comes in 1/2" that I know of. This will leave some extra
thickness over the door/window. I'm just curious as to how the pros
would tackle this job ?? Thanks very much.
I am not sure what your concern is about extra thickness. I assume you are
talking about getting the door and window facings/trim boards back on. You
have two choices. Put a 1/4" shim on the edge of the window and door casings
and nail the facing back over that, or if the facings are thick enough, saw
off 1/4" thickness part way from from the back, leaving a 1/4 by 3/4" strip
intact where it fastens to the casings. The latter is what I did.
Sounds like your casing is thick enough that you can do that. I'd be
more inclined to use a rabbeting bit in a router, but then I have a
rabbeting bit and router. A straight bit and a router table would be
another option. The only way I would do this on the table saw would
be on the flat and nibble it away. Use lots of featherboards.
No 3/8" greenboard but there is 3/8" std. drywall. Since you are
"repairing" a damaged wall, I'd use it on the walls with windows/doors
and use 1/2" elsewhere.
Not sure I qualify as a pro but I would plane away however much wood I
needed to to get the trim to fit flush to the drywall and the doors/windows.
Another option would be to build out or caulk the trim but IMO this would
never look as good. Sometimes the hard way is the best way.
It may take less planning then you think. Trim is funny that way sometimes.
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