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Old 12-17-2009, 03:21 AM   #1
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Taping cement board - time before tiling?

Hi all!

First post, and I am so glad I found this terrific resource. You all have already answered many questions! But one question has been gnawing at me and I've been unable to find it addressed in the Liberry or by searching the forums.

Keeping it brief - I'm doing a bathroom remodel and on the floor I have put down my 1/2" Durock over my 3/4" plywood and now it's time to tape the Durock. How long after I tape and mud the seams before I can go about laying my tile? Can I start right away or do I need to wait 24 hours.

I checked the manufacturers website but no info on this was found.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Old 12-17-2009, 03:36 AM   #2
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There's really no time constraints on it, but you may find the better time to tape the seams is while you're installing the tile. You have less of a chance of the thinset on the seams causing a buildup and therefore a hump in the floor.

One down side to that is that if you have to pull up a tile that spans a seam, it can pull up the tape as well, but you can fix it a lot easier than a dried hump of thinset that you missed the day before.

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Old 12-17-2009, 05:09 AM   #3
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What Kevin said. Your thinset and tape doesn't have to be dry before install. Some guys tape as they go so they don't have the speedbump. I like to tape then install because I make sure there are no speedbumps. Either way is good.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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Thanks! I was hoping you'd say that.

Only 1 real bathroom in the house and I am having a house full of people for the holidays, so an extra day to let the tape set was going to be an extra day of stress (on me).

Thanks again!

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