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Old 02-27-2006, 10:17 AM   #1
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Hardibacker Installation

Finished adding sister studs to damaged ones this weekend, added 2x12's in approx locations of tp holder and towel bars, insullated walls, slit insullation backing, added vapor barrier and first two sections of Hardibacker. I installed rough side out even though Hardi's recommendation is smooth out (although site says can be done either way). My thinking was rough side would give better bite to thinset. Am I ok here, or should I install remaining smooth side out ? I will be installing 8x10 ceramic tiles using Versabond.
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James Hardie is right, either side will be fine. Carry on!
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I think they made a rough side for three reasons. One is so you could have a built in screwing schedule, two is so you could cut straight lines, and the third is so you wouldn't think so much about which side is which.

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If you use the rough side make sure to key in the mortar. That is use the flat side of the trowel to smooth a layer of mortar on the Hardi
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Wouldn't you normally do that anyway Jerry, then rake it with the notched side after ??
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Rough side is a by-product of the manufacturing process. It is made a lot like paper. Wet film is accumulated on a smooth drum roller from a felt. The felt gives it the "rougher" side.

If you look at their siding, it has the "rough" side on the side that goes against the house, and the drum roller has the negative of the woodgrain that the siding eventually has.
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like they say you can use it either way, I like the smooth side out for ease of trowling though. Make sure before you set your tile to take a damp sponge and wet the board down first then mud and stick the tiles on. This will help give a better bond as the board won't suck the moisture out of the thinset as fast if it is damp.
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Thanks for all your replies. I'll do smooth side out for the remaining pieces.
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AHA !! ! Found out what the rough side is REALLY for ! - as this stuff wears down a carpenters pencil really fast, a couple quick strokes on it and the edge is perfectly sharpened again !
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