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Old 12-30-2005, 10:18 PM   #1
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What can I fill this gap with?

This may be a bit silly of a question - but here's what I'm wondering.

I've got, on the outside corner (left) of the shower - a weird transition. I had to bring out that shower wall the width of a 2x4 (because of plumbing). So I've got backerboard on the far right, the side of a 2x4 in the middle, and then the original drywall on the left. (See the picture attched)

The backerboard and 2x4 is about 1/2 inch shallower than the drywall.

I need to figure out what best to "fill" it with to make it flush. Again, its 1/2 inch of depth. I will tile across it all and overlap the drywall by a few inches.

Most thinsets say it can't be used over "hardwood" but can be over plywood - so by hardwood I would assume they'd mean anything else, pine, etc, including this 2x4.

So what could I fill it with that I could then use regular thinset on? Or can I use a medium set mortar, would that stick to all 3 surfaces? I know it would with the backerboard and the drywall (I will sand it and rough it up a bit), I'm just worried about that 2x4.

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Old 12-30-2005, 10:31 PM   #2
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Put lath on it and mud it in with mortar, are you gunna tile it or what??
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Old 12-30-2005, 10:37 PM   #3
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i thought about that.. yeah i will tile from the corner out across the drywall (onto the drywall about 3-4 inches or so and then cap it or caulk it.
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Old 12-30-2005, 10:51 PM   #4
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Hi Jason, if the 2x4 is 1/2" set in just put some drywall there and tile over it.
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Old 12-30-2005, 10:53 PM   #5
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yeah its about 1/2 deep its just not a very wide area - i've never cut thin strips of drywall but I can't imagine (like backerboard) it would be very strong in thin strips? The strip would only be about 2" wide - 1.5 for the width of the stud and then .5 to cover the edge of the cbu. Wouldnt a strip that thin start to crumble when i nailed it in?
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Nope.
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:09 PM   #7
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Right on... what about the suggestion of using lathe and mudding the whole thing? I kinda like that idea better as I think I can get a much smoother solid surface to put the final thinset on... plus I have lots of lathe leftover from the curb... I kinda hate to buy a mongoid piece of drywall to cut a 2" strip from.

thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:12 PM   #8
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Go ahead and play with the mud if you wish, but by the time you cut the mesh, nail it on mix up the mud, apply the mud, I woulda had the drywall or cbu cut, in place and tiled.
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I've just noticed the cbu gets real crumbly (using wonderboard) when you get it in small strips (some strips I've shaved off in cutting for the walls that were 2-3 inches were not very strong at all)... but since I've got some left over I suppose I can try it again.. just want to make sure the corner and base for this outside portion of the tile is nice and strong..

I haven't mudded the curb yet so there's no reason I couldn't just do it all at once.

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Jason try screwing the wonderboard, it might not break.
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as a side note - the big orange store will sell broken up pieces of sheetrock for about nothin. Go in and ask where their waste is. See if you can't throw a piece on the back of your motorcylce and take it home. Shouldn't be a problem.

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Use an old drill bit to pre-drill the narrow strip of cbu and nail it with roofing nails. No cracking.
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A piece of 1/2" Hardibacker would fill that gap nicely and will not split when you nail it up.
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No, it sure wouldn't. But he's already got the wonderboard.
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thanks for the advice gang... since the gap was a little less than 1/2 inch I got some 1/4" wonderboard and drilled it into the gap, filled it out with thinset - made it more or less flush with the drywall, so hopefully this will work out OK - see pic. I'm just thrilled I'm near ready to tile, for my first time its finally feeling like progress (gotta install my innovis better bench into that corner first and finish the niche and some seams)
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