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Old 11-15-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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I'm remodeling a bathroom & have removed the old fake marble tub & surround. I will be installing a Whirlpool tub & shower. The walls for the shower will be tile. I have a couple of questions.

1) For the walls behind the tile in the shower should I put sheetrock only, greenboard only, or durock only? Should it be a combination of sheetrock/greenboard and durock?

2) Should I put the tub in before the walls in question #1, or the walls first?

Thanks in advance for your help!,
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:13 AM   #2
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I'm remodeling a bathroom & have removed the old fake marble tub & surround. I will be installing a Whirlpool tub & shower. The walls for the shower will be tile. I have a couple of questions.

1) For the walls behind the tile in the shower should I put sheetrock only, greenboard only, or durock only? Should it be a combination of sheetrock/greenboard and durock?

2) Should I put the tub in before the walls in question #1, or the walls first?

Thanks in advance for your help!,
Joe
Hey Joe,
The tub usually goes from wall to wall so that needs to go in first so you can cut your tile to it. I prefer to use hardi backer for the walls. I then use "Red Gaurd" for the seams to keep water from penatrating the wall. I also put some mesh tape on the seams.

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Like Frk said, hardi or durock for tile backer. Tub first, regular rock (is ok) use green if you want, then tile backer. You want the double layer so you can use bullnose tile at the edges.
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Thanks for you're response. What is Red Guard and Mesh Tape & where do I get it?

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One other item.....when you hang the rock, keep it up off the tub lip 1/4" or 1/2" . If you set it down on the tub and any water gets in around the edge, it will "wick" up into the drywall and deteriorate it (regular or green).
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Thanks for you're response. What is Red Guard and Mesh Tape & where do I get it?

Thanks again
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Red Guard is a waterproofing membrane. It also helps with seam control so your tile will not crack on a seam. Mesh tape it pretty much how it sounds. It has many uses. Most poeple know it for drywall applications. The Red Guard you might be able to find at Home Depot or a tile disributor. The mesh tape is so common it could even be found at Wal-Mart.
You'll want to put the mesh tape on all your seams including the corners. Then with a small nap roller apply the red guard to the area to be tiled. I usually do two coats.

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