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Old 04-25-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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I'm in the process of putting up hardibacker boards in my downstairs shower stall. Can i get away with using 1/4 inch boards?! they seem pretty sturdy nailed in. ( Hoping i wont have trouble with the mortar and tiles) If so should i use a water proofing on these cement boards? Please i could use some help....thankyou scotty

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I'm in the process of putting up hardibacker boards in my downstairs shower stall. Can i get away with using 1/4 inch boards?! they seem pretty sturdy nailed in. ( Hoping i wont have trouble with the mortar and tiles) If so should i use a water proofing on these cement boards? Please i could use some help....thankyou scotty
Yes, you HAVE to waterproof.

Hrm... start here: http://floorelf.com/answers

You cannot nail them in, and you can't use standard drywall screws. You need the specific cementous board screws because they have a different head to allow them to dig in and get flush.

Edit: I stand by ratherbefishing, you need 1/2".


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I have never heard anyone say that 1/4" should be used on walls.
Besides, 1/2" will match up with your drywall better.

And yes. It must be waterproofed, either behind the wall, or under the tiles.
The floorelf wrote a great little book to get you started:
http://floorelf.com/waterproof-shower
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i appreciate all the feed back, i needed to know since the salesperson for hardibacker didnt inform me about 1/4 or 1/2 inch boards..partly my fault also, i should have read up on this..thankyou everyone for helping..scotty
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NEVER use 1/4" inch on wall framing. That is for installation over subfloors.

Use 1/2"
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Thank you will have to buy 1/2 boards and waterproofing.now when I put up cement boards w/ special cement screws. Normally with reg Sheetrock u spackle over screws or nails to smooth things out. But with this waterproofing would that take the place of spackle!? Then I would cover with mortar n tile!? After waterproofing is dry. Trying to follow right method.

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