I've got my bathroom down to the bare studs and I'm installing a jacuzzi tub.
pump motor access is in the front.
One school of thought says vapor barrier then 1/2" concrete backer board on the
walls around the tub/shower before the marble (or porcelain tile) is installed,
the other school of thought says vapor barrier then mortar trowled on over an
expanded metal mesh prior to the marble tiles.
I plan on using 12x12 tiles of marble or the porcelain, my big question is will
they stick to the cement backer board if i opt for that route. Does a person
grout with mortar the seams & joints of the concrete backer board?
What product is used to secure the tiles to the wall ?
Zero grout width?
The jacuzzi tub has a 3/4" flange turned up on 3 sides, it looks as if the
inside surface of that flange should be flush with the wall prior to the tiles
being installed, so the bottom edge of the tile is inside the tub flange.
Does a person float a thin skin of mortar over the concrete backer board to
smooth out any wall imperfections prior to installing the marble tiles?
Who knows, i may contract it out, i just want to make sure its done right and
looks first class.
Any help/suggestions/tips will be greatly appreciated. thanks,