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Old 04-29-2014, 07:39 AM   #1
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Remodeling Kitchen Oops?

We had our cabinets and countertops replaced. We are moving from laminate to granite countertops. The contractors removed the laminate backsplash. By removing the backsplash, they exposed the gypsum underneath the drywall paper. Do I have to completely replace the drywall, or is there a way to repair the drywall without completely replacing it. We are putting in tile backsplash, in so the drywall doesn't need to be primed or anything, just need something that the tile will stick to.


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Old 04-29-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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Attach 1/4" hardibacker to the wall. That will give you a great surface for the tile....and will be a whole lot flatter than the drywall.

Just be aware that you will will need box extenders for your outlets....common when doing tile for a back splash...


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DDawg-- Do I have to remove the existing drywall to install the 1/4" hardibacker? Or can I just install on top of the gypsum?
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We can not see what your seeing without a picture.
Minor damage can be primed with Gardz primer then skim coated with drywall compound.
Sand smooth and tile over.
Saves you from having to deal with the outlets, any window trim, the small step on the outside edges if you use tile board.
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Rather short sighted planning----the drywall should have been replaced during demolition---

Now you are in for a lot of extra work.

Overlaying the drywall with backer board is not usually an option---that makes the wall to thick--trim won't line up--caps/bullnose tile can't be used as a finished edge---

Remove the drywall and replace or patch the old torn up stuff---what a mess---why was the old stuff left when the cabinets were removed?
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Without a pic this is just a guess. Use Red Guard or something similar to seal the existing drywall. Then use the thin set for your tile to level and set the tile.


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