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Old 02-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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I've started a remodel a bathroom in a house built in 1988. The floor was pretty easy. Now for the bath surround.

There were no visible issues, cracked tiles, etc. just needed updating. After removing a couple of tiles I thought I was dealing with tiles on top of old cement board on top of drywall. Tile had a big bullnose where they met the drywall next to the bath area. All the tile came off easy enough. When I started on the cement board I discovered that it appears to be on top of mortar.

The question is how far should I demo? Since I want to tile all the way to the ceiling want the surround underlayment to be flush with adjoining drywall, I assumed I needed to demo down to the studs. After encountering the mortar I am not sure I am doing the right thing. Looking for confirmation before I demo any further.

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I've started a remodel a bathroom in a house built in 1988. The floor was pretty easy. Now for the bath surround.

There were no visible issues, cracked tiles, etc. just needed updating. After removing a couple of tiles I thought I was dealing with tiles on top of old cement board on top of drywall. Tile had a big bullnose where they met the drywall next to the bath area. All the tile came off easy enough. When I started on the cement board I discovered that it appears to be on top of mortar.

The question is how far should I demo? Since I want to tile all the way to the ceiling want the surround underlayment to be flush with adjoining drywall, I assumed I needed to demo down to the studs. After encountering the mortar I am not sure I am doing the right thing. Looking for confirmation before I demo any further.
pictures would help but I think you should go to the studs to acheive the best possible results...ben

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Old 02-02-2012, 10:29 PM   #3
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This shows the cement board and underlying mortar. I assume there is wire mesh embedded. If the best path is to go down to studs any tips on easiest demo?
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It's time for the big guns and no half stepping allowed.
Take it down to the studs and start over.

IOW... buy a bigger hammer.
(and rent a rotary)
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yep take er down...get a couple hungry boys tell the you will feed them for some help no really get some big boys..ben
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Awesome. Nothing like wrecking something. Will a Saws-all work or will I need something more heavy duty?
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Awesome. Nothing like wrecking something. Will a Saws-all work or will I need something more heavy duty?
It'll sure come in handy at times but the main tool is a rotary hammer:
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no matter what tool you use eye protection..and keep in mind there is other things in wall..wires, pipes plumbing and heating..etc,,have fun but be careful...ben

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