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Unread 04-19-2004, 01:47 PM   #1
alabamatile
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Just some general questions...

Just got done building a shower. Pretty difficult task. I admire you who do this for a living.

Anyways, I built the pan pretty thick and waterproof, buy my question comes in on the walls. Should I seal the grout lines on the walls? If I do, does that make it waterproof or just water resistant?

Also, wanted to know what you all think about Hardibacker compared to Durok or Wonderboard.

One last thing...you all really don't like mastic! I can tell by reading the posts. I enjoy working with it on some jobs, but not all. Wanna fill me in on why it's not as good as thinset?

Thanks for your input.
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Unread 04-19-2004, 04:27 PM   #2
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Imyself only use hardi over places where height is a concern,i,ve never used it on walls myself although they say you can,seems flimsy to me.I do use mastic on backsplashes and small countertops,i haven,t had any problems .I think sealers in wet areas help keep the grout looking good but they,re not waterproof.
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Unread 04-19-2004, 04:43 PM   #3
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Mastic doesn't have the strength of thinset, softens when exposed to water, should never be used in wet areas or on floors or countertops or with stone or larger tile.

Hardie is fine for walls, use the 1/2".
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