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Old 07-04-2012, 01:04 AM   #1
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my wall crowns after installing hardie board and red what now?? are tiles affected


Doing a tub/shower walls. Thought I checked this before instaliing the Hardie backer boards. yet now that it is in and coverd in Red Gaurd I find the the center stud pushes out. Now if holding a level against one half spaning over into most of the other half, it is out gradualy to about half an inch! Damn.
Like I said hardie is screwed in, thin set in the joints and red all over. so the screws are sealed and at least on head is stripped. so would like a solution , if I need one, that does not require removal

But I am wondering 2 things, my guesses for solutions.

1. since it is pretty much just the center, isnt that where the grout line is ? and then it is pretty flat. so would the the tiles be affected? essentialy two flat panels meeting at an angle. using 12x12 porcelain tiles

2. Or what if i use mosaic tiles will they just flex over the imperfections?

3. Or my ideas are stupid and you can help me with something that will work.


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Old 07-04-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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A half-inch might make for a pretty obvious looking mistake. You'll be forever be reminded of your screw up every time you look at that wall.

As long as you don't try to lay a tile spanning over the high point in the center then it could work. Perhaps a mosaic running up along the ridge could work. No tile flexes, but smaller pieces make a curve look smoother.

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I've had to do a tile install before over similar bowed walls as the framer hadn't a clue and the contractor refused to fix it. We were using 12x24 tile and ended up having to build up layers of thinset in the corners as was almost 5/8" out from one side to middle ... Was a royal PITA. Mosaic will hide this best.
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Another vote for building it out with thinset, or give it a try at least.

Might work to skimcoat the wall with thinset/mortar mix so it is one flat plane- IE built up on the sides but not in the middle where the bow is, let it dry and tile over that.

Either with the thinset or remove the piece and plane/furr out the framing.
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Wise man use small tile on curves.
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thaks all. Now I got myself into some newbie &^%&%$$$ , oh well tileing at least is new to me. doesnt seem like a good excuse tho.

I went with a mosaic over the high spot and solid tile next to that. That is fine. but some things are not. Dont like the tiles dont like where I started and how I will finish not sure the mortar was wet enough and am concerned tiles will fall off some time. so am gonna start a new thread.

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