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Q: We have a spare bedroom and bath in the basement of our house. The stall shower had been lined with wall board with a vinyl or Formica-type surface. After more than 20 years of infrequent use in a damp basement, the surface began to blister. We had a local handyman replace the shower enclosure with similar new paneling in 2005. The stuff he used is called melamine-faced panels, "ideal for tubs, showers and kitchens." I believe he bought it at Home Depot. After only one year, the bottom 4 to 5 inches above the shower pan began to discolor, then essentially turned to mush -- and the shower is no longer usable. The backing on the board is just pressed wood. Fortunately, we have two showers in the upper floors, so it's not a disaster, but if we do it again, obviously we don't want to use th...