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    Default Green/Cement Board Overlapping Tub Flange vs Leaving Gap Between Board and Flange

    It looks like this subject has been beaten to death on the internet but there doesn't seem to be a consensus, so I thought I'd ask you guys which is better. I'm looking at using Swanstone tub walls with a Kohler tub.

    The Kohler tub instructions say to use furring strips to provide a flat surface for the wallboard to overlap the tub flange:

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    But the Swanstone wall instructions say to stop short of the tub flange:

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    The second method, leaving a gap, seems the simplest since you wouldn't need a 1/4" thickness transition with the rest of the bathroom walls. Is there any reason to choose one method over the other, or does it not really matter?

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    Dave
    Last edited by DavidSeon; 09-25-2012 at 01:00 PM. Reason: Correct Sandstone to Swanstone
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