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Old 05-20-2008, 03:42 PM  
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Hey Guys!

I've been reading through this forum and found a lot of good info which helped me with my first tile job...tiling my entryway...which was a success!

Now I'm going to be tiling the bathtub surround/shower area. It is a standard shower/tub with a shower curtain. I've hired someone to gut the room, redo some plumbing, electrical, and drywall and then I will be coming in and doing the rest. He is going to hang cement board in the shower area for me. My questions are these...

~After he hangs the cement board I seal it with red guard and then put the tile up correct?

~When setting the tile do I use normal thinset? I've heard about something called mastic, is this better?


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Hey Guys!

I've been reading through this forum and found a lot of good info which helped me with my first tile job...tiling my entryway...which was a success!

Now I'm going to be tiling the bathtub surround/shower area. It is a standard shower/tub with a shower curtain. I've hired someone to gut the room, redo some plumbing, electrical, and drywall and then I will be coming in and doing the rest. He is going to hang cement board in the shower area for me. My questions are these...

~After he hangs the cement board I seal it with red guard and then put the tile up correct?

~When setting the tile do I use normal thinset? I've heard about something called mastic, is this better?


Thanks Guys/Gals!

Patrick

Before you RedGuard it you need to tape all the seems and corners with mesh tape and then "spakle" them with thinset. This is VERY important and it also keeps the warranty valid.
Mastic is OK in certain aps but thinset is always safer.

Good Luck!


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Before you RedGuard it you need to tape all the seems and corners with mesh tape and then "spakle" them with thinset. This is VERY important and it also keeps the warranty valid.
Mastic is OK in certain aps but thinset is always safer.

Good Luck!
Makes sense. Thanks Tile Guy!
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Try and get some pics up of the progress if you can!!

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Thinset for sure in wet areas. Only place I would use mastic is maybe for a kitchen backsplash or something like that.

When I tile I like to do the mesh tape and installation of the tiles at the same time. I haven't used redgard so I don't know where it figures in the process.

The reason I tile and tape at the same time is I do not like the inevitable hump created by my taping and 'mudding' of the seams.

When I do a shower I lap the tile over the drywall by about an inch or inch and a half to cover the transition between the backer and the drywall outside of the wet area. I use my same tape and tile at the same time technique in that area too.

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Thanks for all the tips guys! I'll definitely get pics up...this bathroom is nasty now and desperately in need of this!

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Like HandyGuys said .... no mastic should ever be used in a shower.
RedGard is a good waterproof membrane.

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Well the job got started today! Woohoo! Here are some before and during pics.




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