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Old 02-19-2008, 11:41 PM   #1
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Okay, I'm just going to add a question to this forum too. I am putting up drywall (paperless) from the ceiling going two feet down on all three walls and then putting up durock cement board for the rest of the area. I was told to put up 4-6mil clear poly vapor barrier behind the cement board but since I'm going to have the drywall on there, do I put the vapor barrier behind there too? And the section where the shower head plumbling is, it's about a foot and a half wide and 4-5 inches in that has exposed studs and the loose yellow insulation. Do I need to cover that with the poly too and then cover the studs around it?

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Yes, cover it ALL with the vapor barrier.

Good Luck on your project. Also, make sure that you install the cement board properly, and with the right screws.

Here are some helpful links (general information & installation instructions):

http://www.askthebuilder.com/199_Cem...r_Board_.shtml

http://www.usg.com/USG_Marketing_Con...tion_Guide.pdf

http://www.nationalgypsum.com/literature/110831.pdf

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...php/t-576.html

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Ill just post here. I went out and got some wood shims to put on the studs. I dont really know what the right name for them are, but i nailed them to the studs with 2'' nails accidently. the box was next to the 1'' nails I was using for the other ones. stupid i know. but what do i do, should i worry, should i take them out, put the 1'' ones in or just go ahead and keep on with the vapor barrier installation now? next time im hiring someone else to do this. my wife keeps giving me the look.
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Don't worry too much, take your time. The nails are fine. You'll be fine.

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You could also use 15 lb. roofing felt for your vapor barrier. I used it on my tub surround.

Also, when you fasten the cement board with screws, be certain to get the heads flush with the surface. It should be perfectly smooth. You don't want any speed-bumps between it and your tile.

We just recently completed a remodel of a small bathroom. We used cement board for the first time. It was an experience, but we got through it with a very professional looking job.

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