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Old 11-09-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Durock secured on top of drywall for shower walls?


Most tile shower installations I've seen look like durock or backerboard secured directly to the original drywall. The tile surface is a good inch+ on top of the surrounding original wall. Is this how it is being done? It would make a much easier installation.

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Never once seen it done that way and never want to.

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Agree with Joe. Somebody is being lazy.
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How would you trim out the faucet if it was done that way?
The tile would be hanging out over the lip of the tub way to far to seal it correctly.
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Most tile shower installations I've seen look like durock or backerboard secured directly to the original drywall.
That's a very common method of doing tub enclosures when doing a mud-job. Many tile setters also do it that way using tile backer as you described.

How are the ends finished? With regular mud cap just like in the old days. However, tile styles have changed and the use of mud cap and its availability is pretty limited these days.

The shower valve and tub contour present no problem. Wallboard, backer and tile is about 1 1/4", but the inside of the tub starts out about 1/4" away from the studs. It's been done that way for decades.

note: I do not necessarily recommend it today since we use different materials and we also use surface waterproofing, but it's still done that way everyday.

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Thanks, Jazman.
I've seen it done that way in a recent (expensive) remodel in a friend's home. I think it saves a lot of time, because you don't have to coordinate between the drywaller and the shower installer. The drywaller just sets all the bathroom walls, and then the shower installer can come in and set the durock on top for the shower whenever he wants, wherever he wants. The worst problem of that remodel was miscommunication and missed timing between different trades.
The only thing I like about that way of doing it is the shower wall ends up real solid, feels like solid rock. I took out my drywall and installed the durock to the studs. It looks much better, but when you bang the tile it echoes and feels like a wall.

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