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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Lothar, Feb 24, 2010.
I'm getting ready to tile my bathroom and I was wondering, is 1/4 backer board is standard?
That's what I've used on the few tile jobs I have done.
HardiBacker...I curse thee.
There's a secret to working with that stuff.....and I don't know it.
(actually, it turned out to be: use a cement jig saw...cuz you ain't cutting it with a knife)
i just did a room with 1\4, and ive got one more to go
the 1/2" Durock stuff. You could try the trick of putting thinset down UNDER the 1/4" backer board.
As long as there is NO movement at all the tiles should be fine.
The premixed thinset is more $$ but sure is nice not to mix that powder yourself. Good luck. I can't stand the grout cleanup part, it never ends.
1/4" is fine for the floor. If you do the walls, you'll want to use 1/2 or 5/16.
Make sure to read the directions for the thinset you use. I didn't and I used twice as much as I needed for the floors!
ETA: You might be able to buy backer board that has a water proof layer on it...might look into that if you can find it.
There is also the option of using Kerdi. While it claims to work over standard wall board, I used it over Hardibacker in one of our bathrooms.
The best thing to use is Densheld 4'x8'x1/2" it has a rubber liner one side fiberglass on the other an it installs very eazy this is the best stuff to work with you can cut it with a razor knife an works as eazy as drywall the cost is about the same.
Lighter. Faster. Easier.
Forget greenboard and heavy, hard-to-install cement backer board. DensShield backer board is a better option. It features fiberglass mat facings and a unique heat-cured acrylic coating, so it is lightweight, goes up faster and is easier to handle than other tile substrates. What is more, it is engineered to provide exceptional strength and outstanding moisture management as well as superior microbial resistance (based on ASTM Standard D 6329-98).
Georgia-Pacific DensShield Tile Backer
Thanks for all the input guys... I'll look into DensShield, not sure that they'll have it in my small town!
Check your lumber yards & tile stores. If they dont have it maybe they can tell you where to get it. It really is the best stuff to use.
I get mine from a carpet place.
I use 1/4" on good floors. I use 1/2" on walls.