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Old 10-06-2010, 10:03 PM   #16
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The rock on screws should not require countersinking. The have a head that doubles as a washer. The stubborn ones that don't want to go quite flush can be coaxed another half to full turn with an old fashioned Phillips screwdriver. Power driving them can over sink them and they will lose their hold just like drywall.

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Old 10-06-2010, 11:21 PM   #17
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I think the hardibacker is denser than the other CB. I stripped the heads on a few and snapped a bit, so I think I'm applying enough force. Keeping pressure on screws above chest height is more difficult.
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They recommend switching to galvanized roofing nails here http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner...ort_FAQs.shtml if you are having difficulties setting the screws flush. But if countersinking is working for you stick to that.
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I did use a few galv roofing nails only to hold on the 1st layer of CB. With hardibacker they will not actually hammer flush without applying excessive force. As I mentioned I have another tile shower on the other side of the wall so I won't risk hard nailing. Since the nails were covered by a 2nd layer it didn't matter.

If I were only applying one layer of CB, countersinking also might be more questionable, but it seems to have worked OK for two layers.

Scoring and snapping hardibacker only seems to work if you have a long piece on each side of the score - or a better technique. Many of my cuts were to remove a few inches from the long edge of a panel or create thin strips for a window frame above the shower.

I used a thin masonary wheel on an angle grinder out in the yard. Cuts fast, but wear a mask and keep a running shop vac near the cut. A hand mist sprayer also helped knock down dust for cutting inside the bathroom. This would have helped make straighter cuts: http://www.harborfreight.com/safety-...ers-45921.html

There are dozens of shower remodel write-ups, but the detailed graphic here better than most:
http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Pr...e/Step-By-Step

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