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Old 01-26-2013, 06:05 AM   #16
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There have been excellent suggestions and info in the responses. I would suggest that you buy one of the books sold by Home Depot on plumbing or maybe a bathroom remodel book to get an overview of what you need to do. W/o a full set of tools, this job is not doable. How did you plan to cut the tiles? Maybe you can find a reliable contractor (even a handyman that has good references)) for the job. Just a few thoughts:
1. Don't assume the big box workers always give the good advice.
2. Some tubs are easier to handle (steel and fiberglass) than others such as cast iron so this may be the time to replace the old tub if you think it is needed.
3. There are easy to cut light-weight substitutes for cement board as mentioned above.
4. No big box store will cut cement board for you as previously indicated.
5. This is an ambitious project for someone who appears to have limited DIY experience.
When you do a bathroom remodel, a seemingly harmless error can come back to haunt you and might require extensive and expensive repairs to correct, ie. tiles falling off the wall because the wrong trowel was used.
If you still want to proceed, come back anytime.

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Old 01-26-2013, 10:36 PM   #17
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rcs: Congrats for taking this on! It may be worth your starting to accumulate some tools if you are going to be doing more of this. It gets habit forming, but tools rock! The satisfaction of doing you own thing is great, ain't it?
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Thanks everyone for all of the advice. I am moving along. Went and bought the scoring knife (the 1 that you guys sent me a site to go to and see). As far as the kerdi-board, well home depot in Houston, Texas had no idea of what I was talking about (I did supply them with the website address). Saw it on Lowes website, they only sell in a bundle at a cost of more than $600.00, did not see it in the store when I went to get the scoring knife. Okay Guys the cement board going up today.
I am going to post a picture when the job is complete. Thanks for all of the positive advice and information.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:22 PM   #19
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I read many reviews on Durock that it was heavy and too hard to cut. I bought it and didn't have any issues with cutting it or hanging it. All I used was a razor blade to cut it and had no issues.

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