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Old 12-12-2010, 09:00 AM   #1
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i am having my bathroom redone by a "contractor" and i am concerned. not only are we never going to complete on time (my son is getting married and we're going to be down to one bathroom!) he screwed the cement backerboard down without using thinset. same in the shower. how worried should i be? wouldn't someone who knew what they were doing know to put the thinset down under the backerboard?

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Old 12-12-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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You answered your own question about the competency of the contractor.

Sounds like this contractor is not a tile contractor. I have found that contractors that do everything are usually carpenters and sometimes wing the rest so they can do the entire job them selves.

If the tiles are not yet set you should have him re-do it the right way, the way the instructions say to do it. Otherwise you're likely to start seeing hairline grouts cracks at minimum within a few seasons.

Shower construction is even more critical and most are built wrong. Can you describe all the steps of installation along with materials used?

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Thin set under concrete board is a step that can not be skipped if you plan to have foot traffic over the area. Often we will skip the thinset when we us concrete board under our fireplace installs but never in bathroom and kitchen applications.

Thinset need no be applied to the wall studs but a little bit of construction adhesive never hurts.

Sorry for the bad news. Now matter how many ways you look at your pickle - don't talk yourself into keeping it this way...

Good Luck - Enjoy the wedding


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i am having my bathroom redone by a "contractor" and i am concerned. not only are we never going to complete on time (my son is getting married and we're going to be down to one bathroom!) he screwed the cement backerboard down without using thinset. same in the shower. how worried should i be? wouldn't someone who knew what they were doing know to put the thinset down under the bacerboard?
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