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Old 04-05-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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4x8 Hardi-backer for shower?

I'm putting in a new bathroom in my basement. I installed a 34" x 48" shower pan and I'm going to put 1/2" Hardi-backer on the walls of the shower. I see that they make Hardi-backer in 4'x8' sheets but I can't find it anywhere, it sure would be nice to have less pieces to put up and less seams. Does anybody do this, or do they just use the 3'x5' sheets?

Also, would you butt the flat and corner seams up tight or do you leave a gap?

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Old 04-05-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Hi Mark, welcome! Why not use Kerdi? You can use drywall to put it on comes in 4x8 sheets.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:16 PM   #3
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I guess it seems everybody is using the cement backer board these days, it seems more durable. Do you use the green board under the tile?
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Hi Mark, no, I use regular drywall then Kerdi. I have been doing it that way for the last 8 years.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:23 PM   #5
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Welcome, Mark.

MMike is suggesting you use gypsum board on your shower walls only if you use his suggested waterproofing method, i.e., the Kerdi Shower System.

No one here will recommend you tile directly to any such board, including "green board" in any wet area.

You say you've "...installed a 34" x 48" shower pan and..." Does that mean some sort of pre-made receptor that's finished, a pre-made receptor that requires tile, or a traditional mud/liner/mud shower pan? Whatcha got?

Homer can get you 4x8 sheets of Hardibacker, by the way. But that stuff is not easy to handle in that size.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcome guys!

I'm using a Sterling finished shower base that is made out of Vikrell (I think that's what it's called), then the wallboard overlaps the edges. If it makes any difference I'm using 12"x12" tiles.

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Old 04-06-2011, 11:11 AM   #7
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Anybody else have any input/advice?

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You can use USG's Durock Next Gen, it comes in 4x8 sheets.
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Just use the small sheets unless you have some large friends to help lift. That stuff is heavy, especially when you're maneuvering it up stairs.
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Ok, That's what I was wondering, if most people just use the 3'x5' sheets. Do you leave a gap at the butt and corner seams, or butt them up tight to each other. I know your supposed to use the special fiber mesh tape and mud the seams
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Mark, you really wanna read and follow the instructions for the particular product you intend to use. They're pretty similar much of the time, but there are differences.

If you didn't get any instructions with your product, most of'em have all their information online. Some are better than others about that, but you can usually find'em.

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