need help with shower/tub surround prep

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  1. Aug 1, 2008 #1

    mayhem69

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    Hi again, well i bought a 3 pc. surround today from Home Depot, nice one for $209. I started taking everything down, my shower door, fixtures, when i tried to take down my soap dish (the kind that is recessed in the tile) i noticed a lot of very loose tile. So i said no biggie i will take down the loose ones and just re mud them up. The bottom tile were there when i bought the house over 10 yrs. ago, and the top tiles (gray) i just put up about 3 yrs. ago.
    As you can see in the pic. i had to remove a lot of the old tile. They were all loose and came off the wall really easy. I didn't think it was a good idea to put a surround over the loose tile.
    Now i have a little problem as you can see. All the tile still on the walls are in good shape, solid. Underneath the tile is cement board i might add.
    My question is can i buy some sort of 1/4 " board and just cut and glue or screw??? to the cement board to make a flat surface. Now i am sure the water was coming from the tile, it was in bad shape. Any suggestions???

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    Sure. Hardibacker comes in 1/4" thicknesses. Glue-up with thinset morter, and put a few laminating screws in it to hold it while the thinset sets-up.

    Hey and OUCH, protect your tub from demo and other operations, or you'll get-into a whole new can of worms.

    Mason
     
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    it may not look right if you install the surround over the tile because of how far it will stick out from the sheetrock when you are done.
    just a thought
    justin
     
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    what is hardibacker? can i buy it at home depot?
     
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    Hardibacker is a company product name. These are all cement boards available in sheets which are available in different sizes and thickness. They are also available in tile supply stores. You need a scoring knife to cut it also. I just use a flat screwdriver if I need to and a straight edge, like a level.
     
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    what is the easiest way to take down ceramic tile in heavy thinset??
     
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    Hammer and wide chisel, or entire plaster underneath and start over.
     
  8. Aug 27, 2008 #8

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    The brand name Home Depot carries is Durock and last week they were selling 3'x5' sheets for $7.00 each (price at my local store).
     

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