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Old 10-03-2010, 04:58 PM   #1
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hardiback or durarock for basement floor


trying to gauge what to use for a cement basement foundation to lay down some tiles. I've read some threads here about the silliness of having a underlayer on top of cement for tiles but i figured it'll avoid having to do some leveling work (overall it's pretty smooth). Anyhow, any advice for basement with durarock or hadiback? i've used hardiback before for a kitchen tile build and have found it extremely easy to cut. never used durarock before but it looks like it could be a pain. thoughts welcomed thanks

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i just used durarock in my bathroom. it was easy enough to cut. don't bother with one of the special scoring knives...just use a utility knife, and replace the blade a little more frequently than you would with dry wall.

as far as a basement floor goes, it would be a lot cheaper to use a leveling compound over the existing cement. and the cement board is not going to "level" out the floor, although it will provide a more uniform/smooth surface. but the combination of a leveling compound and thinset should be enough to overcome any uneven cement in your basement,....i would think.

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Old 10-03-2010, 08:19 PM   #3
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well.. i'm putting durarock or hardiback there just so in case i have a change of heart and go wood. I already have the basement measured with the recent round of rain to determine that it holds up pretty well against moisture. what's the major diff between durarock and hardiback anyhow.
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