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Unread 08-30-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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Anyone think Hardiebacker smells funny?

I just received some Hardiebacker 500 boards, which are leaning up individually against our porch walls airing out. To me Hardiebacker has a funny smell, almost like toothpaste, but I noticed that the TOP board at the warehouse, which was exposed to the sun and air, had no odor.

A friend of mine who flips houses said that she thinks Hardiebacker smells funny when she gets it, too, but that she's never noticed an odor after it's been installed. Another contractor I know says the same thing, that it will air out.

I'm wondering what the people on this forum think. What has been your experience?
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Unread 08-30-2014, 06:11 PM   #2
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I agree, I think it will air out and not be an issue.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 06:12 PM   #3
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Never heard of or smelled that before. Press on.
Once it's covered, I can't see it being an issue.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 06:38 PM   #4
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Hardi definitely has a characteristic odor.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 07:39 PM   #5
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Hardiebacker is classified as a fiber-cement board. IOW, it has, per their specs, something less than 15% cellulose in it, and yes, it can smell initially before installed and covered. Being coated with the cement, the fibers are pretty inert and do add to the stiffness, but when using a fiber-cement board and building a shower, it has it's own TCNA procedure that differs slightly from 'normal' cement board.
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Ditra smells sooo much better. If I had 500 sheets of Hardi to install I would cry! (and then quit.)
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It does have certain smell to it - toothpaste? I don't think I would have come up with that. I've come to enjoy the smell of hardiebacker, particularly when you are cutting/drilling it.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 02:47 AM   #8
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what does it taste like?
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Unread 08-31-2014, 11:49 AM   #11
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I've never thought if it as smelling funny, though I've run across people installing it who smell funny...
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