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Old 11-10-2009, 05:00 PM   #1
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i realy hope you all can send me in the right direction.

i just purchased my first house a year ago and gutted the second bathroom.never doing any of this before, i figured i would just learn and figure it out as i go.
i got the sink pipes where they should be, jacuzi tub anb plumbing in,drywall up and mostly all taped and mudded. and the hardy backer for behind the tub.
heres where i am stuck.

#1 do i tape and mud the hardybacker were the tile is going??
#2 where the hardybacker meets the drywall, what material do you use to join the two????

thanks for any help.
this has been a 8 month jurney, and my preg. wife wants her bathroom back.

jim

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Old 11-10-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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The seams of the Hardi should be taped with mesh alkali resistant tape and bedded with thinset mortar.

The juncture between the Hardi and the drywall can get tedious. Try to locate that joint so that it is covered by tile. If so use thinset there also. If not, you'll want to use joint compound but tile mortar doesn't necessarily like joint compound. Just depends. I always use thinset and any thinset that is flashed into an area to be painted is then covered and prepped with joint compound after the tile goes in.

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dang,i have the backer board exactly where the tile will end.
and the hardi has a perfect edge, but the drywall meeting up to it is not cut good, itskinda wavy, and theres some gaps that need filled in with something. should there be tape there??

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Yes Jim all seams must be taped and either thin set or drywall compound applied. As Bud said, try to avoid compound under the tiled areas.

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so where the backer and tile end and meet the drywall, i should use thinset and paper tape to join the two?
how does that work out? the 1/2"drywall is thicker than the 1/2" hardi
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James Hardi Company in their infinite wisdom has chosen to produce a backeboard that is actually 7/16" thick but have chosen to call it 1/2", hence the Hardi 500 designation.

The small 1/16" variance has never been a real issue. Under the tile no one will know the difference anyway. Feather it out with thinset if need be. I wouldn't use paper tape, use mesh tape.
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thanks.

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