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Old 08-12-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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New tile installation, removed one and damaged durock


Hi all,

I'm installing tile in my tub surround. The walls have Permabase all around, except one which has Durock (leftover from another project a few weeks ago from a friend).

I had to remove a tile today (laid yesterday), and though I was careful, the Durock is quite damaged. I'm not sure how to proceed...any suggestions?

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Old 08-13-2009, 06:57 AM   #2
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I would not worry too much. Fill the dings with thinset as you go, that usually fixes that problem.

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I would not worry too much. Fill the dings with thinset as you go, that usually fixes that problem.
Thanks very much. I thought that's what I would need to do, but wanted to ask first. I assume I should clean out all the loose debris first, correct?

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I think I agree. I'd remove all the loose stuff and blow the dust out and then "spackle" the backerboard smooth with thinset, making a good effort to really work it into the voids. I'd let that dry before applying more thinset to set the tile.
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Just out of curiosity, are you using a notched trowel to apply the thinset when you're tiling? I'm not seeing any evidence of that in the pictures. If not, you should be. If so, my bad.
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Just out of curiosity, are you using a notched trowel to apply the thinset when you're tiling? I'm not seeing any evidence of that in the pictures. If not, you should be. If so, my bad.
Absolutely, 1/4". If you look in the bottom corner of the second picture you can see some ridges. I think the reason you can't really notice any evidence of notching is because I cleaned the surface off fairly well as I noticed the damage. What you see at the very bottom is the mesh imprint left by a row of glass tile.

Thanks for the help guys.

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