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Old 01-18-2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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We are remodeling our bathroom and removed a 1 piece tub/shower surround. We have installed a new tub, and are looking to put tile on the walls for the new surround. A few quick questions regarding the backerboard application and tiling. We are using 1/4" Hardybacker from Home Depot

- The drywall above the "surround" appears to be shimmed out from the wall. The face of the drywall measures just about 1" away from the studs it is secured to. Do I need to "shim" the backerboard away from the studs also ?? Where should the backerboard be in relation to the drywall ? Flush (same distance away from studs) ?? Set back due to the thinset and tile thickness ?? I am now sure what to do...

- When the tile is finally installed, should it overlap the drywall at all ??? Shoud it sit flush with the bottom lip of the drywall ?? This would affect how much the backerboard is "shimmed" out from wall.

I am a NOVICE tiler, so any information would be great

Thanks for the help :-)

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Old 01-18-2010, 12:20 PM   #2
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Hi Kevin,

You will NOT be using 1/4" backer on walls. Take it back and get 1/2". The backer and wallboard should be on the same plane, so shim as necessary. Hopefully the shimmed out wall does not cause you problem some place else. All depends on the layout of the room.

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I just saw this post as I was puzzling over joining over my backerboard and drywall. I already put up 1/4" backer on walls. Must I take it down and start all over?
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Hi Kevin,

You will NOT be using 1/4" backer on walls. Take it back and get 1/2". The backer and wallboard should be on the same plane, so shim as necessary. Hopefully the shimmed out wall does not cause you problem some place else. All depends on the layout of the room.

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Hi Red,

Yes, sorry.

While you're here feel free to ask other questions concerning this project. Like which adhesive to use. Many people that shop at big box store get it all wrong.

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thanks, Jaz, for being willing to bear the bad news.

I thought that the backboard should be thinner than the drywall so that the tile could make up the rest of the difference.

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