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Unread 08-29-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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Durock Waterproofing - Professional Sanity Check

Hi All,

Very helpful forum, I'm gut-renovating a small bathroom of mine, all through a good GC, wanted to check a few underlayment points with the pro's here before tile goes up. Pictures attached of the work as of today, tile goes up over the weekend.

Walls: 1/2 Durock over Tyvek vapor barrier, screwed in with Durock-specific screws.

Niche: 1/2 Durock over Tyvek, screwed in and covered with waterproof membrane (I think it's Laticrete Hydro Ban), with embedded fiberglass mesh on all joint surfaces.

Floor: 1/2 Durock with thin set mortar nailed into the subfloor.

The tiler's will embed fiberglass into the joints when they set up the new tile.

The wall tile is mostly 8x20 ceramic (Dal-Tile) with a glass mosaic, The floor will have the Ditra membrane and 6x20 porcelain (Dal-Tile)

Couple of questions:
1) Does this setup look proper?
2) I was offered the option of using the Hydro Ban over the entire surface, the GC said it was a relatively new practice so I went with what he described as more typical (just the membrane). I was concerned about the thin set adherence to the membrane. I have until the weekend, I can put on a coating or two of Laticrete myself if it's a much of a better option.

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Unread 08-29-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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Looks good from what I can see I wouldn't add Hydroban because you have Tyvek underneath; both is unnecessary at best and could create a moister sandwich at worst.
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looks like they used Laticrete HydroBarrier, (Watertight at Lowes) on the niche
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MAPei's H.P.G.......but all looks well to me.....
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Unread 08-29-2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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wait....watcha gonna do at the shower head? your trim gonna run right into the stubout there? ida ran my cbu a lil higher....unless it's flushed out with the drywall....but it looks like your using quarter rounds?
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Forgot to mention, tile is all the way up. GC recommended 1' of drywall to the ceiling to finish it better.. Hope that's typical practice (??)
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If you have enough water above your shower head to cause damage you will likely have bigger problems. It's not a problem.
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Dan , Looks like that shower stub is right at 7' ?
A tall person will be splashing water on the drywall,
especially if they are bald .
You could use durock instead of drywall above, and skim
with easy sand .
Could leave the top few inches of drywall so all he'll have is some flat skimming.
IMO ready mix drywall finish like blue , green top ,doesn't do as well as easy sand in shower wet areas.
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