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Unread 05-11-2016, 09:45 AM   #31
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The whole floor has some small dents all around I think from when I drizzled the water on the mud.
Not sure why a fella would wanna do that, but don't do it again.

If you have enough problems to require extensive repair, or even not so extensive repair, I recommend you tear out what you've got and try again, without the plastic dividers this time. Deck mud is dirt cheap and you'll benefit from the practice when it comes time to do the final mud bed, which really does need to be done correctly.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 05-11-2016, 10:34 AM   #32
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How hard do you think it would be to break up and remove the mud?
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Unread 05-11-2016, 10:35 AM   #33
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I read that I supposed to drizzle water all over the mud. Should I not do that then?
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Unread 05-11-2016, 12:13 PM   #34
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It'll break up easy. Just lift a corner and hit the elevated area with a hammer. Might need a heavy hammer.
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Unread 05-12-2016, 08:38 PM   #35
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Is it okay or a no no to use mortar cement for the mud? The reason I ask is because I need more cement and I got a whole bag of ultra mortar from a previous project.
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You want nothing but sand and Portland cement for your deck mud. I don't know what you might be calling "ultra mortar," but it probably contains a good bit of lime, which you do not want nor need.

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Unread 05-12-2016, 10:59 PM   #37
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What CX said. That sounds like it may be a type of masonry cement. Don't use it, find some portland.
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Unread 05-12-2016, 11:46 PM   #38
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Ok, got it. I used the Portland for the first batch. Thought I'd give it a try since I had some. Thanks guys!
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How long do I need to let my pre-slope set before I can install my membrane and do the top mud?

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Overnight is usually long enough. 24 hours is better.
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What is the easiest way to cut a 1" strip off a piece of 1/2" hardiebacker? I know to score and snap larger pieces but I need pieces 35" wide and my sheets are 36". I would like to not make too much dust if possible?
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1. Turn the boards the other way, as 1" wide piece is a pain to work with and will need to be predrilled, mudded & taped.
2. http://www.pactool.us/snappershear/
3. Use a grinder and hold a shop vac or 2 next to the blade to capture the dust.
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Dana, the 1" piece will be discarded. My 3x5 sheets vertically will fit nicely with the least amount of cuts. That is why I don't want to install horizontally.

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