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Unread 08-22-2017, 11:52 AM   #1
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HardiBacker 500 4' x 8' Discontinued

So I've grown accustomed to using hardi in shower construction. Or I've learned to work with it nuances. And where I could I used 4x8 sheets. Now my builder supply yard says that James Hardi has stopped making that size. Of course I can still use the 3x5's, but after using the big ones, I find that I waste a lot more with the small sheets.

What are the options out there for 4x8 sheets of backer? Foam, fiber, or cement. I know I won't have anything stocked locally so I may need to just stock a lift myself.
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Unread 08-22-2017, 01:43 PM   #2
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Hi Nelson,

Hard to believe Hardi will quit making 44x8s. That's about all that is used on commercial projects. Anyway, I think all the rest make them.
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Unread 08-22-2017, 04:17 PM   #3
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Laticrete is coming out with 4x8 sheets of Hydroban Back Board at the end of the year.

In the mean time, their 3x5's are ~$20 at Daltile last I checked.

When Daltile got their first shipment I loaded 30 sheets at $15 a sheet.
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Unread 08-22-2017, 06:05 PM   #4
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Is it true with hydrogen you don't need washers on the screws?
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Is it true with hydrogen you don't need washers on the screws?
Trying to fasten a gas with mechanical fasteners is gonna prove tricky.

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You still have the option of 4 x 8 x 1/2" cement board. You also can try the USG Foam board. It comes in 4 x 8. No washers just cbu screws. Most of the setters around me have switched to it and are waiting for Laticrete to come out with their 4 x 8 foam board.
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