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Old 01-10-2018, 06:58 PM   #1
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Tyler's Bathroom Renovation

Hi guys. My coworker Steve in Denver told me you guys would give me the best advice for my full bathroom remodelling project. I've never remodelled a bathroom before, so keep that in mind.

Currently, I'm trying to plan out which waterproofing material I will use for the tile surround above the tub.

1. I wanted to know what your opinions on DensShield is.
2. If I do choose to go with it, how do I waterproof the corners?
2a. Can I just use a 5" wide USG Durrock membrane?
2b. Or perhaps the Kerdi equivalent?
3. How do I waterproof the screws that go into the studs?
3a. Do I countersink them and put caulking over it?
3b. What caulking would I need? Kerdi fix? Plain 100% silicone?
4. What other waterproofing strategies would you recommend and why?
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:26 AM   #2
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What, has nobody heard of DensShield?

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Old 01-11-2018, 07:03 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, Tyler.

First, just to clarify, this is just a tub with no shower, correct? If it's a shower that's a different ball game.

I'm not a fan of denshield, but if it's done properly it can work. I think they recommend their sealant over the screw holes and seams. The problem I have with Denshield is the gypsum core, so one little slip-up and it's trashed by water.

I would just use a waterproofing like Redgard over a cement board like Durock or Permabase. Everybody has their preferences, it's just important that you use the one you have chosen according to manufacturer's instructions.
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:41 AM   #4
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Thanks Kevin,

To answer your question, it is a tub and I want to do a tile surround.

When you use redgard, how do you waterproof the corners?
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Hi Tyler,

I would not use Denshield.

With RedGard you use backerboard tape and thinset in the corners. Flatten the thinset as if you were taping drywall. The RedGard goes over it. Two coats of RedGard.
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